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First Edition in English of Three 17th century South American Voyages & Travels

AMERICAS. Acuña, Cristóbal de, S.J. (1597-1676?); Acarete, du Biscay (17th c.); Grillet, Jean, S.J. (1624-1677); Béchamel, François, S.J. (1637-1676)
Voyages and discoveries in South-America. The first up the river of Amazons to Quito in Peru, and back again to Brazil, perform'd at the command of the king of Spain. By Christopher D'Acugna. The second up the river of Plata, and thence by land to the mines of Potosi. By Mons. Acarete. The third from Cayenne into Guiana, in search of the lake of Parima, reputed the richest place in the world. By M. Grillet and Bechamel. Done into English from the originals, being the only accounts of those parts hitherto extant. The whole illustrated with notes and maps.

London: Printed for S. Buckley, 1698

$12,500.00

Octavo: 19 x 11 cm. viii, 1-176, (169)-(176), 177-190, [ii], 79, [v], 68 pp. Collation: A4, B-M8, *M4, N-Y8, 2Y4. Illustrated with two folding engraved maps.

FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of the narratives of the first Europeans to traverse these regions. Part I of this collected work is "Voyages and Discoveries... up the River of Amazon to Quito in Peru, and back again to Brazil by Acuña;" Part II is "An Account of a Voyage up the River de la Plata, and thence over Land to Peru" by Acarete du Biscay; Part III is "A Journal of the Travels of John Grillet and Francis Bechamel into Guiana, in the Year 1674.

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Borba de Moraes I: 12 ("It is a rare book"); Hill 1788 (pp.311-312); Palau 2487; Sabin 152; Streeter sale VII: 4132; Wing V-746.

Nobility and Privileges of the Descendants of Moctezuma - With The Coat-of-Arms granted by Emperor Charles V

AMERICAS. AZTECS. MEXICO. Moctezuma II, Aztec Emperor (1466 - ca. 30 June, 1520)
Documents confirming the nobility and privileges of descendants of the family of the Aztec emperor Moctezuma II. Manuscript on paper, in Spanish, with painted coat-of-arms on a separate sheet of linen.

Mexico: 1675- 1758

$42,500.00

Folio: 31.5 x 21.5 cm. 30, [1] foliated manuscript leaves.

An extraordinary set of documents. A series of reales cédulas,or royal decrees, from 1675, 1711, 1741, 1742, and 1758 (and with a copy of a document from 1536), including a painted of a coat-of-arms on linen, along with supporting documentation, confirming the nobility and privileges of members of the family of the ill-fated Aztec emperor Moctezuma II.

The subjects of these documents were from a lineage of noble Indian caciquesor lords who held prominent posts in and around Tula, in the modern state of Hidalgo.

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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.

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

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

$10,500.00

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

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

$9,500.00

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

“The Foundation of a Library of California”. A Jesuit Natural history of California. With the Kino Map

Venegas, Miguel, S.J. (1680-1764)
Natural and Civil History of California: Containing an accurate description of that Country, Its Soil, Mountains, Harbours, Lakes, Rivers, and Seas; Its Animals, Vegetables, Minerals, and Famous Fishery for Pearls. The Customs of the Inhabitants, Their Religion, Government, and Manner of Living Before Their Conversion the Christian Religion by the missionary Jesuits : together with accounts of the several voyages and attempts made for settling California and taking actual surveys of that country, its gulf, and coast of the South-sea : illustrated with copper plates, and an accurate map of the country and the adjacent seas / tr. from the original Spanish of Miguel Venegas, a Mexican Jesuit, published at Madrid 1758

London: For James Rivington and James Fletcher, 1759

$4,200.00

Two large octavo volumes: [20], 455; [8], 387. I. A8, a2, B-Z8, Aa-Ff8, Gg4 II. A4, B-Z8, Aa-Bb8, Cc2. With four added engraved plates and a large folding map.

This English translation preceded the French and German translations. Considered by Cowan to be "the foundation of a library of California," this work is the most extensive account of Lower California of its period. It was presumably published in part to counteract anti-Jesuit statements that had appeared in accounts of George Anson's voyage in the Pacific (1740-1744). Venegas was for many years a Jesuit missionary among the Indians of Mexico and California and his account of the Jesuit Missions in California ("The Reduction of California by the Jesuits, and their transactions to the present time") occupies more than half of the text of both volumes (more than 450 pages).

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Sommervogel VIII, col 559; Cowan, p. 658. Graff 4471. Hill, p. 307.