1705 · London
Vol. I only of the English translation of Crasset's Histoire de l'eglise de Japon, originally published in 1689; the second volume of the translation was not published for several more years, appearing in 1707. Crasset, a Jesuit preacher, made much use of Father Solier's work on the subject, Histoire ecclÃ©siastique des isles et royaumes du Japon, expanding its chronology with his own account of the years from 1624 to 1658. Also included is => a section describing different aspects of secular Japanese life, including diet, housing, and relationships, among other topics.
Â Â Â Â Provenance: "Ad Cubiculum Sacerdotis Soc. Jesu Hooton" inscribed on title-page in ink; later in the library of the Pacific School of Religion (properly released).
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Â Â Â Â ESTC T94112; later edition in Cordier, Bibliotheca japonica, col. 425â€“26; DeBacker-Sommervogel, II, 1641. Contemporary Cambridge-style calf, rebacked some time ago with raised bands double-ruled in gilt, two gilt-lettered leather spine labels, and new endpapers; rubbed, especially spine, with a few abrasions. Ex-library as above: evidence of former call number label on spine, bookplate on front pastedown, rubber-stamp on endpaper and title-page, accession pencilling on title-page verso, circulation materials at back. Light pencilling on endpapers, one lower outside corner a tremoin, one leaf repaired, two with small holes and loss of a letter or two, one with a medium tear lightly touching text; light to moderate spotting and age-toning. Not pristine and priced accordingly â€” yet, a good book. (Inventory #: 36729)