Lisboa: Na Typ. da Academia, 1812. vi, 178 pp. 8vo. Modern three quarter morocco over marbled boards. First edition. Near fine, small period stamp on title page. Sabin 14362. Leclerc 126. Innocencio V.2 (p.87-88): 353. Rodrigues 658. Borba de Moraes 164. Greenlee 524. Item #38511
Includes: 1. Breve relação dos escrituras dos gentios da India Oriental, e dos seus costumes (pp. 1-59) [A short account of the gentios of India and their customs]; 2. Noticia summaria do gentilismo da Asia (pp. 61-126) [A short account of paganism in Asia]; These have been attributed by Francisco Maria Esteves Pereria to Fernão de Queiroz, a 17th c. Jesuit, whose translation of the Bhagavat-Gita was only first published in 1922, and may have been the first translation into a western language of that work. Esteves Pereria considered it a sequel to the two pieces contained in this volume (see Ethel Pope: India in Portuguese Literature, (Bastorá: Tipografia Rangel, 1937; pp. 166-168). 3. Joseph de Anchieta. Epistola quamplurimarum rerum naturalium, quae S. Vincentii (nunc S. Paulí) provinciam incolunt, sistens descriptionem (pp. 127-178) [Communication of the very many natural things which dwell in the province of St. Vincent (now São Paulo) systematically described]. The Spanish Jesuit missionary José de Anchieta (1534 -1597) was one of the founders of São Paulo (1554) and Rio de Janeiro a decade later. Best known for his book "The Art of Grammar" on the indigenous Old Tupi language, he was also an accomplished naturalist as revealed in this work. The "Collecção" would eventually run to seven volumes published over 30 years. Quite uncommon. Last partial or complete set at auction in 1948.