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Relacam geral do estado de christandade de Ethiopia; reducam dos Scimaticos. & do que de nouo socedo no descobrimeto do Thybet, a que chamam, gram Catayo.

TIBET]. VEIGA, Manoel da (1549-1640).

Editorial: Lisbon: Mattheus Pinheiro, 1628., 1628
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4to., (7 2/8 x 5 2/8 inches). Woodcut head-piece and initial (preliminaries with one or two discreet repairs not affecting the text). Contemporary limp vellum, yapp fore-edges, original free endpapers (expertly recased with modern vellum preserving the original spine and covers, vellum ties renews, endpapers renewed). Provenance: early signature partially obscured on title-page and scholarly notes on verso of original free endpaper; with John Howell, bookseller. THE EARLIEST COMPREHENSIVE ACCOUNT OF TIBET First edition, and AN ATTRACTIVE COPY. Da Veiga was a Jesuit missionary principally in Ethiopia, and the first two sections of this book discuss the activities of the Jesuits in that country. In the third section, entitled "Das Covsas do Reyno do Gram Thybet, a que chamam Catayo, que de nono socederam nos Annos de 625. & 626". da Veiga recounts in five chapters how he accompanied Antonio de Andrade on his second journey into Tibet in 1625 to establish a permanent mission. Veiga includes an account of Andrade's first journey into Tibet from India in August of 1624, the first by any European to reach Tibet, and goes into great detail about their expedition, their work at Tsaparang, and negotiations with local lamas and the Tibetan religion. Geographically and politically inaccessible, Tibet was for many centuries a mystery to European explorers, the subject of myth and legend and persistent rumor that beyond the Himalayan mountains lay secluded Christian communities, the remnants of early evangelizing missions. Andrade and his companion Manuel Marques began their long and arduous journey from Agra in the company of pilgrims in March of 1624. Reaching Delhi they donned Hindu disguises and travelled through the valley of Ganges to Hardwar "the Gate of Vishnu", to Srinagar in Garhwal, Badrinath and finally through the perilous Mana Pass to Tsaparang in August. Although they soon discovered that the rumours of Christian communities were untrue they were treated with great kindness by the people and the King and Queen of Guge, who gave him a passport, or letter of privilege, allowing him safe passage to Agra with permission to recruit fellow Jesuits for a mission in Caparangue. The permanent mission arrived in August 1625. Andrade was eventually recalled to Goa where he died of poisoning shortly before the permanent mission at Tsaparang failed in 1635. Da Veiga (1566-1647), a Jesuit contemporary of Andrade's, continues this tradition with an account of Andrade's heroic discovery of the country, the establishment of good relations with the government, and the founding of a mission in Tsaparang with the support of the reigning monarch. Written with hagiographical and propandist intent, the work is nonetheless an important historical document, since in providing an account of the Jesuits' contretemps and public disputations with the lamas, it reported some of the first ethnographic data on the native Tibetan religion and related customs to a European audience. DBS VIII, 530 no.2; Silva VI, p. 121; Cordier Sinica 2901. Catalogued by Kate Hunter. N° de ref. de la librería 72lib3

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Título: Relacam geral do estado de christandade de ...

Editorial: Lisbon: Mattheus Pinheiro, 1628.

Año de publicación: 1628

Edición: 1st Edition

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