# 13331

Acosta, Emanuel, 1541-1604, et al.

Iesus. Cartas que los padres y hermanos de la Compañia de Iesus, que andan en los reynos de Iapon escriuieron a los de la misma Compañia,

desde el año de mil y quinientos y quare[n]ta y nueue, hasta el de mil y quinientos y setenta y uno : en las quales se da noticia de las varias costumbres y idolatrias de aquella gentilidad : y se cuenta el principio y successo y bondad de los Christianos de aquellas partes.

En Alcala : En casa de Iuan Iñiguez de Lequerica, 1575.

Quarto, contemporary limp vellum, manuscript title to spine; hinges strengthened, endpapers reinforced; printer’s licence, ff [8], 315, [6: colophon, table of contents, errata]; woodcut historiated initials; verso of colophon with vignette woodcut (printer’s device?) of the Crucifixion; p. 72 with woodcut Japanese characters; marginal repairs to two of the final leaves; rear endpaper with early ownership inscription (remargined and repaired); occasional spotting and browning, else a clean copy; housed in a custom clamshell box of red morocco, richly gilt.

A Spanish translation, augmented with additional material, of Cartas que os padres e Irmãos de Companhia de Iesus … (Coimbra, 1570). This is the first Spanish edition of a collection of approximately 90 letters written by missionaries of the Society of Jesus from Japan between 1549 and 1571. Folios 1-30 comprise a life of Francis Xavier: “La vida del padre maestro Francisco Xauier … Y relacion de las cosas de la India, que imp imprimio en latin Manuel de Acosta … Traduxose en Castellano”, not contained in the 1570 edition. This edition also includes an additional 10 letters, written between 1567 and 1571, and a brief account of the islands of Japan.

Cordier, Japonica, 67-68; Palau, 46311; Carayon, 591