9 June 2004
MURATORI, Lodovico Antonio (1672-1750). Il Cristianesimo felice nelle Missioni de' Padri della Compagnia di Gesu nel Paraguai. Venice: Giambatista Pasquali, 1752.
2 volumes, 8o (180 x 124 mm). Engraved folding map. Contemporary boards, spines ink lettered, uncut (minor darkening to spines). Provenance: Staudt (bookplate).
Second edition. "The history of the Missions of the Jesuits in Paraguay, where they exerted an extraordinary influence and obtained almost supreme power, is full of interest. Most books on the subject are written by members of the order; but the fact that Muratori was not a Jesuit has given his history a character for impartiality, not claimed for other authors. It was composed in great part from documents written by various Jesuit missionaries and travelers, furnished to Muratori by Father Gaetan Cattonio, a missionary in Paraguay" (Sabin 51418). Palau 185908.
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