Lisbon: Antonio Pedrozo Galram, 1699. ,819pp. Early 20th-century morocco, boards and spine gilt, gilt inner dentelles, a.e.g., silk marker. Internally very clean. A very fine copy. Item #WRCAM35384
An extensive history of the Augustinian convent of Santa Monica, founded in Goa in 1606. The work includes a detailed biography of Aleixo de Meneses, archbishop of Goa and founder of the convent, as well as shorter accounts of other missionaries connected to the institution. Meneses also oversaw the great expansion of Augustinian missionary work in the East. Lach notes that between 1600 and 1610 convents outside Goa were established on the west coast of India, on the Coromandel coast, and in Ceylon and Bengal. The number of friars for these areas also increased from 99 to 155 in the same years. The HISTORIA... provides much information on the Portuguese missions and other aspects of Portuguese expansion in the East. Boxer also used this narrative as a source for early shipwreck narratives. STREIT V:639. PALAU 298083. INNOCENCIO I, p.18 Lach, ASIA IN THE MAKING OF EUROPE III, p.141.