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Vida do Veneravel Padre Joseph Vaz, da  Congregação do Oratório de S. Filipe Neri da Cidade de Goa, na… by Padre Sebastião do Rego (1699-1763) - FIRST EDITION - 1745 - from Artem / Rare Books (SKU: 2117)

Vida do Veneravel Padre Joseph Vaz, da Congregação do Oratório de S. Filipe Neri da Cidade de Goa, na India Oriental; Fundador da laboriosa Missão, que os Congregados desta Casa tem à sua conta na Ilha de Ceylão.

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Vida do Veneravel Padre Joseph Vaz, da Congregação do Oratório de S. Filipe Neri da Cidade de Goa, na India Oriental; Fundador da laboriosa Missão, que os Congregados desta Casa tem à sua conta na Ilha de Ceylão.

by Padre Sebastião do Rego (1699-1763)

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Goa priest's biography of India's earliest saint and 'Apostle of Ceylon'; this copy with important provenance

Padre Sebastião do Rego (1699-1763).

Vida do Veneravel Padre Joseph Vaz, da Congregação do Oratório de S. Filipe Neri da Cidade de Goa, na India Oriental; Fundador da laboriosa Missão, que os Congregados desta Casa tem à sua conta na Ilha de Ceylão.

Lisbon, José Antonio Silva, 1745.

4°. [28], 354 pp. With a woodcut vignette on title-page.

19th century tree calf with red title shield, red sides.

First edition of the first biography of Goan-born priest Joseph Vaz (Benaulim, Goa 1651 - Kandy 1711), written by another priest from the same congregation in Goa. A copy with interesting provenance (see below). Joseph Vaz (Sant Zuze Vaz in the local Goa Konkani language) is the most important Catholic missionary in the history of India and Sri Lanka. He was born to indigenous Indian parents in a small village in South Goa. His parents were both Catholic and had European names, but were from a high Naik family line. After being trained as a missionary in Goa he travelled to Sri Lanka several times for mission work. He was very successful there and is held responsible for rebuilding the Catholic faith on the island after the Protestant Dutch had expelled most Catholics in the decades before. This earned him the name 'Apsotle of Ceylon'. Vaz also worked in several regions in India along the Malabar coast. The life of Vaz captivated many. The present biography was published in several editions and languages throughout the 18th- and 19th centuries. The first English edition was published in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1848, titled The Life of Father Joseph Vaz. The author of the biography, Padre Sebastião do Rego, was a priest at Goa during the early 18th century at the oratory that was founded by Vaz. They must have known each other well. Besides this biography Sebastião do Rego was also, with others, the author of the manuscript history of the oratory of Goa, titled Cronologia da Congregação do Oratório de Goa. This was first published in print in 2009. It describes the uses and customs of the people of Goa and Ceylon, geographic descriptions of various regions of India, elements about its flora and fauna, the political history of Ceylon, the organization of the Buddhist religion on this island, many biographies, etc. The present copy of the first edition has an interesting provenance of a major Brazilian political family: it bears the ex-libris of Monsenhor Joaquim Nabuco (1894-?). He was the son of Joaquim Aurélio Nabuco (1849-1910), notable (abolitionist) author and ambassador to the US. Monsenhor Nabuco was the author of many books himself, including bibliophile topics, and an international authority on the liturgy.

Condition: bookplate of Monsignor Joaquim Nabuco and a Rio de Janeiro bookseller's mark on front pastedown. Blind stamp on title-page of another Rio bookseller.

Corners slightly bumped and minor wear to hinges. A few careful repairs to marginal defects in the first pages. Otherwise in very good condition.

Reference: Innocêncio VII, 222.

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Bookseller’s Inventory #
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Title
Vida do Veneravel Padre Joseph Vaz, da Congregação do Oratório de S. Filipe Neri da Cidade de Goa, na India Oriental; Fundador da laboriosa Missão, que os Congregados desta Casa tem à sua conta na Ilha de Ceylão.
Author
Padre Sebastião do Rego (1699-1763)
Format/binding
19th century tree calf with red title shield, red sides.
Book condition
Used
Quantity available
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Edition
FIRST EDITION
Publisher
José Antonio Silva
Place of Publication
Lisbon
Date Published
1745
Pages
[28], 354
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Keywords
India, Sri Lanka, Missionaries, Goa, Ceylon
Bookseller catalogs
Missionaries; India; Colonial History;
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