1827 · Paris
The first volume here opens with an impassioned defense of the overall interest and significance of the Lettres édifiantes, 34 volumes of correspondence from non-European Jesuit missions reporting back to Rome, originally published from 1702 to 1776. While there was obviously much therein on the condition of the various missions and missionaries and their conversion activities, the writers also addressed social and political conditions and events, as well as occasionally writing detailed descriptions of natural history. The present two volumes, an early 19th-century abridgement, offer some of the => highlights of letters from the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas (Constantinople, Armenia, Persia, Syria, Tripoli, Jerusalem and the Holy Land, in the first volume; various parts of Canada, California, Santo Domingo, and Guyana in the second).
This ed. not in Sabin; see 40697 for main entry. Contemporary paper in tree calf pattern, spines with gilt-stamped red leather title-labels; rubbed overall. All edges stained yellow. Front free endpapers each with small 19th-century library paper shelving label. Occasional small spots of staining or foxing, pages generally clean. (Inventory #: 40086)