Rare complete set of “the most valuable 18th-century source on Jesuit activities in frontier regions throughout the world” (Hill, Collection Of Pacific Voyages).
[Jesuit Material] Lettres édificantes.… et curieuses écrites des missions étrangères, par quelques missionnaires de la Compagnie de Jésus
- Physical description: 34 vol. bound in 32, engraved title vignettes, 36 mostly folding engraved plates and maps (of 38, without portrait of Antoine Verjus, and map of Paraguay, 2 hand-coloured, a few old repairs at folds, some loss to map of “Nouvelles Phillipines” in volume 6, and plate of Chinese inscriptions in volume 10), occasional light foxing or browning, volume 1 with title shaved at lower margin touching imprint, and final leaf repaired with some loss of text, volume 5 with small loss to blank corners on 2 leaves, volume 15 title with small hole touching imprint, volumes 1–28 uniform contemporary calf, spines gilt in compartments with two lettering-pieces, red edges, volumes 29–34 (slightly taller) in similar mottled calf, some rubbing and abrasions, minor worm trails to a few sides and joints, a few spine ends chipped, but generally attractive.
- Inventory reference: 17505
“Domus probationis Parisiensis Societatis Jesu ad usum novit”, contemporary inscription on the title of volume 1, and and similar inscriptions to titles of volumes 2–28, placing these volumes formerly in the library of the Parisian Jesuit novitiate.
- [Sabin 40697, “a set comprising the first edition of each volume is of uncommon rarity”
- Sommervogel III, 1514, IV, 34–35, V, 536, VI, 353–354
- cf. Hill 1024, second edition only], 8vo, Paris, Jean Cusson [and others], 1702–1776