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Canadian Native Americans as victims & perpetrators of violence

AMERICAS. CANADA. Bressani, Francesco Giuseppe (1612-1672)
Breve Relatione d’Alcune Missioni de’ PP. della Compagnia di Giesù nella Nuova Francia.

Macerata: Heirs of Agostino Grisei, 1653

$15,000.00

Quarto: 21.5 x 15.5 cm. [4], 8 pp., 9-10 ll., 11-127, [1] pp. Collation: π2 A4 B4 (±B1.2) C-Q4

FIRST EDITION of one of the most important eyewitness accounts of 17th-century Canada devoted primarily to the Huron Indians, but also with accounts of other groups, including the Jesuit author’s captivity and mutilation under the Iroquois. He also devotes 25 pages to a 1643 letter written by his Jesuit colleague Isaac Jogues (1607-1646), who was killed by the Mohawks.

Bressani (1612-1672), an Italian Jesuit, travelled to Canada as a missionary in 1642.

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Alden & Landis 653/15; De Backer & Sommervogel II, col. 133; Walter, Jesuit relations, 43; Church 524; James Ford Bell Lib. B-407; JCB II, p. 428; Lande, Canadiana 57; McCoy, Jesuit relations 82; Sabin 7734; not in Eberstadt; Streeter.

An Invaluable, Eyewitness Account of the Jesuit Reductions of South America

AMERICAS. Ruiz de Montoya, Antonio, S.J. (1585-1652)
Conquista espiritual hecha por los religiosos de la Compañia de Jesus, en las Provincias del Paraguay, Parana, Urugay, y Tape.

Madrid: Imprenta del Reyno, 1639

$28,000.00

Quarto: 18.7 x 13.2 cm. [4], 103, [1] leaves. Collation: [dagger]4, A-N8.

EXTREMELY RARE. An indispensible –and unique- firsthand account of twenty-five years in the Jesuit reductions of South America by a Peruvian-born Jesuit who participated in the founding of many of those reductions, mastered the language of those whom he evangelized, and -as ambassador to the Spanish court- worked tirelessly for indigenous rights and an end to the slave trade in South America.

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Borba de Moraes, p.587; Palau 282092; Sabin 74029; Backer-Sommervogel,; VII, col. 320, no. 2

The Work of Cloistered Women - A History of Two Mexican Convents - Replete with Miracles

AMERICAS. Sigüenza y Góngora, Carlos de (1645-1700)
Parayso occidental, plantado y cultivado por la liberal benefica mano de los muy catholicos y poderosos reyes de España, nuestros senores, en su magnifico Real Convento de Jesus Maria de Mexico: de cuya fundacion y progressos y de las prodigiosas maravillas y virtudes, con que exalando olor suave de perfeccion, florecieron en su clausura la V.M. Marina de la Crvz y otras exemplarissimas religiosas, da noticia en este volumen D. Carlos Siguenza y Gongora.

Mexico: Juan de Ribera, 1684

$10,000.00

Quarto: 23 x 17 cm. [12], 206, [1] lvs. Collation: [a]-c4, A-Ddd4, Eee8 (lacks blank leaf Eeee8)

First edition of this important history: "Paradise in the West, planted and cultivated by the liberal and beneficent hand of the most Catholic and powerful Kings of Spain, Our Lords, in their magnificent Real Convento de Jesús María of Mexico City: of whose foundation and progress, and prodigious marvels and virtues, with which the Venerable Madre Marina de la Cruz and other exemplary religious women, giving off sweet smells of perfection, flowered in its cloister, don Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora, Mexican Presbyter, gives notice in this volume.

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Medina, Mexico II: 1328; Palau 312973; Sabin 80980

With an Account of Benjamin Franklin's Kite Experiment

ELECTRICITY. Calandrelli, Giuseppe
Ragionamento sopra il conduttore elettrico Quirinale dell'abate Giuseppe Calandrelli

Rome: nella stamperia Salomoni, 1789

$4,800.00

Octavo: 20.5 x 140 cm. [2], xxxvi p.

First edition of this rare publication, dealing with the construction of the lightning conductor installed on the Quirinal Palace in Rome (in order to prevent further damage from lightning strikes.)

Calandrelli discusses the electrical experiments of other well-known scientists such as Priestley, Toaldo, Landriani, De Saussure, Reccaria, Lord Malion, and above all, those of Benjamin Franklin, including Franklin's iconic kite experiment of June 1752.

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Wheeler Gift 554

Learning the Mixe Language - A Manual for Confessors - Printed in Puebla by Catalina Cerezo

SPANISH. AMERICAS. MEXICO. Quintana, Augustin de (ca. 1660-1734)
Confessonario [sic] en lengua Mixe, con una construccion de las oraciones de la Doctrina Christiana, y vn compendio de voces mixes, para enseñarse â prononciar la dicha lengua

Puebla: Por la Viuda de Miguel de Ortega, 1733

$11,500.00

Quarto: 20.5 x 14.5 cm. [16], 148, [4] p. Collation: π4, ¶4, A-T4

First edition of this important confessors' manual, in Mixe and Spanish, by Agustin de Quintana, "a native of Oajaca, and labored for 28 years as a missionary among the Mijes Indians, whose difficult dialect he perfectly mastered' (Sabin)Remarkably, Quintana stresses that the main objective of writing his 'Confessario' was not 'to teach morality', but'to teach the Mixe language.

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Medina, Imprenta en la Puebla de los Angeles (1640-1821), 399; Viñaza, Bibliografía española de lenguas indígenas de América, 301; Palau y Dulcet, Manual del librero hispano-americano (2. ed.), 244703; Sabin, Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, 67320