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Relation de Inquisition de Goa. Paris, chez Daniel Horthemels,

DELLON Gabriel (1688.)


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Engraved title-vignette, three engraved head-pieces and six (three several times folded) engraved plates depicting the Inquisition at work. 12mo. [8]ff.251pp.[6]ff. Contemporary calf, gilt and panelled back (worn).

Second edition of this early account of the Inquistion in the East Indies; it was published for the first time in 1687. Dellon (born c. 1649), a French doctor who had the misfortune of falling into the hands of the Inquisition while travelling the Indies, was able to base his work on his own experiences. He suffered imprisonment and torture and his condemnation to a 5 year stint on Portuguese galleys was only squashed by the Great Inquisitor in Lisbon. But despite Dellon's harsh treatment "il a exposé la resultat de ses observation avec une impartialité et une modération qui lui font honeur"(Barbier). The papacy however did not share Barbier's opinion and placed the work on the Index in May 1690.Barbier IV, 210. Not in Brunet.

Stock Code: 44602