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The Second Japanese Embassy to Europe

AMATI, Scipione. Historia del regno di Voxu del Giapone, dell, antichita, nobilta, e valore del suo re Idate Masamune... Rome, Giacomo Mascardi, 1615.

Very rare FIRST EDITION of this critical source for THE SECOND JAPANESE MISSION TO EUROPE of 1614, a Franciscan public relations event that sought to repeat the success of the first mission of 1585, which had been brilliantly engineered by their rivals the Jesuits and to inspire financial and political support.

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The French Take Notice of Indochina

RHODES, Alexandre de. Relation des progrez de la foy au royaume de la cochinchine vers les derniers quartiers du levant. Paris, Sebastien et Gabriel Cramoisy, 1652.

First French edition of this first-hand account of 17th-century Vietnam (first Italian ed. 1650), which played an important role in fostering French interest in the region.

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