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Very Rare Missionary Map
Patagonia/ Argentina/ History of Catholicism.
SALESIAN SOCIETY [Turin, 1888]
Missioni Salesiane Dell Patagonia Settentrionale [On lower half:] Missione Salesiane Della Patagonia Centrale e Meridionale E Della Terra Del Fuoco. .
19 x 13 inches
Lithograph with travel routes highlighted with hand color. Some fold reinforcements & repairs in margin, overall near excellent.
Very rare, well-executed, possibly separately published map, detailing the activities of the Salesian Society in the southern part of South America; text to the right provides an historical account of the society in the area. Three senior members of the society including Don Bosco and three scenes with indigenous peoples illustrate the map.
Officially known as the Society of St. Francis de Sale and sometimes called the Salesians of Don Bosco (who died the year this map was published), it was a beneficent Catholic organization founded to minister to impoverished youth, primarily boys, through a variety of educational and vocational programs. Founded by St. John Bosco and officially recognized by the Vatican in 1873, the organization attained worldwide reach and remains active to this day. By one account it is the third largest, religious charitable organization in the world.
The society was active in publishing accounts of its activities and also materials for its missionary work. This map has its own imprint at lower right (“Turin, 1888-Imprimerie Salesienne.”) so could have been separately published, or it may have been part of one of the society’s bulletins.