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Title: Apostolisches Leben und Thaten deß heiligen Francisci, der Francisci Xaverii, der Societet Jesu, Indianer Apostels.München, Sebastian Rauch, 1674. 4to. With engraved frontispiece by Melchior Küsell after J. M. Tobrias and an extra frontispiece by the same engraver bound in after page 512. Contemporary vellum with two clasps.
Description: , . . Alt-Japan-Katalog 1543; De Backer & Sommervogel VIII, col. 141; Cordier, Japonica, col. 131. Second German edition of the life of St Francis Xavier by Torsellini. The author brought together an enormous number of anecdotes about Xavier that had never been published before, and gives considerable detail about his travels in India, the East Indies, China and Japan from 1541 to his death in 1552, and his founding of the Society of Jesus with Loyola and the Jesuit mission in Japan.Torsellini (1544-1599), who also edited Xavier's letters, uncritically accepts the stories that had been passed on by word of mouth for the 42 years since Xavier's death, greatly expanding the number and nature of his miracles, showing him expelling devils, stilling tempests, raising four people from the dead, etc., but he was probably the last biographer to troll new sources of information until modern times. Those who followed merely repeated his stories in greatly exaggerated form, for example having him raise 14 people from the dead! Manuscript inscriptions on title-page and closing paste-down. Water stains in the foot and fore-edge margins, title-page foxed and with a small restored tear, but still in good condition.

Keywords: China, Church History & Missions, India & Ceylon, Japan & Far East, *ASIA, *RELIGION & DEVOTION

Price: EUR 6500.00 = appr. US$ 7064.51 Seller: A. Asher & Co. B.V.
- Book number: D1VB9MZIY9EO

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