[MANUSCRIPT] Relatione della nuovo, e più remota Christianita dell’ Indie Occidentali delle Philippine, …
s.l., [17th century]. Folio, ff 16, manuscript in ink in a secretarial hand; in Italian; bound in modern marbled papered boards, leather title label lettered in gilt; ex libris of H.P. Kraus to pastedown.
Contains four early reports, apparently written by a Jesuit (the last page concludes with Laus Deo). The first (fols 38–41r) is an account of the route around the world through places where Christianisation has been attempted or achieved. The writer describes Santo Domingo, Cuba, New Spain (including Acapulco), the Philippines (including Manila, and referring to the large number of Christianised Indians), Japan, China (including Macau and Canton), Cochinchina, Siam, Malacca, Sumatra, and southern India (including Mangalore and Goa). The second (fols 42–4) is a general account of the Philippines, its discovery, geography and peoples. The third (fols 44v–47v) gives more details about produce, animals and minerals. The fourth (fols 48r–53v) discusses surrounding islands and the needs and difficulties of missionaries.