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CONCEIÇÃO, Apollinario da

Primazia serafica na Regiam da America, novo descobrimento de Santos, e Veneraveis Religiosos da Ordem Serafica, que ennobrecem o Novo Mundo com suas virtudes, e acçoens.


Lisbon, Antonio de Sousa da Sylva, 1733.


Small 4to.  (18) ff., 366 pp., (1) f.  Title page in red & black.  Contemporary calf (head & foot of spine repaired).   Some staining on title p. & faint water stain in upper margin of preliminary ff., otherwise a good copy.

First edition of this history of the Franciscan missions in South America, referred to by Borba de Moraes as an “excellent reference work and very scarce.”   Whilst much has been written about the work of the Jesuits in Brazil, less attention has been paid to the Franciscans who, having accompanied Cabral on his voyage, were the first to preach in the newly discovered country.   The author writes in the preface that his aim was to show the importance of the Franciscans’ evangelising missions and, though mainly concerned with Brazil, he also describes the friars’ work in Spanish America and the Far East.   He was born in Portugal and left for Brazil aged 12, entering the monastery in São Paulo, and though he remained a lay brother he was appointed chronicler of the province.   He died in the Lisbon earthquake in 1755.   The industrious Franciscan also compiled a five-volume history of the Order, which he first began when in the monastery of São Bento in Rio de Janeiro, comprising the biographies of its members in all parts of the world, which is a very rare work.

Borba de Moraes (1983), I,  197.   Bosch, Brasilien-Bibliothek, 181.   Rodrigues 208, “rara.”   Innocêncio I, 300, “obra muito noticiosa e pouco vulgar” (calling for only 16 prelim. ff.).   Sabin 15099.   Streit III, 1237 (calling for 17 prelim. ff.).       Azevedo Samodães 821, ”muito estimada.”


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