By Aleixo de Menezes; Michael Geddes
London   Sam Smith
8" by 5" [24], 1-109, [11], 89-443, [5]pp
An excellent copy of the scarce first English edition of Aleixo de Menezes' history of the Malabar Catholic church.
By Aleixo de Menezes; Michael Geddes

1694 The History of the Church of Malabar from the Time of its Being First Discover'd by the Portuguezes in the Year 1501.

London   Sam Smith
8" by 5" [24], 1-109, [11], 89-443, [5]pp
An excellent copy of the scarce first English edition of Aleixo de Menezes' history of the Malabar Catholic church.
£1,350.00
: 0.75kgs / : 681L8

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First Edition, Leather Binding

This is the first English translation of this work, 'done out of Portugueze', and has been translated by Michael Geddes, the Chancellor of Salisbury Cathedral. Geddes was a keen historian. He also translated a work on the church-history of Ethiopia. With the full title being: The History of the Church of Malabar, from the Time of its Being First Discover'd by the Portuguezes in the Year 1501. Giving an account of the persecutions and violent methods of the Roman Prelates, to reduce them to the subjection of the Church of Rome. Together with the Synod of Diamper, celebrated in the Year of Our Lord 1599. With some remarks upon the faith and doctrine of the Christians of St. Thomas in the Indies, agreeing with the Church of England, in opposition to that of Rome. Done out of the Portuguese into English, by Michael Geddes, Chancellor of the Cathedral Church of Sarum. With imprint leaf facing the title page. With the collation: *4, **8, a8, A-Z8, Aa-Ff8. Collated, complete from the copy held at ESTC. ESTC reference no: R2995. Though pagination changes after page 109, the register remains continuous. Aleixo de Menzes was the Catholic Archbishop of Goa, Archbishop of Braga, Portugal and the Viceroy of Portugal during the Philippine Dynasty. The Church of Malabar is now recognised as the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. This work looks at its history, from its discovery by the Portuguese in 1501 to the late sixteenth century. A very scarce work, which looks at the history of an Eastern branch of Catholicism.

Condition

In a half morocco binding with paper covered boards. Externally, smart with minor shelfwear. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright, with age toning towards the rear. Small loss to the bottom of page 437-438, affecting the occasional word to the end/start of lines. Occasional light spots.

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