Nuevo Descubrimiento del Gran Cathayo,
o Reynos de Tibet, por el Padre Antonio de Andrade, de la Compania de Jesus, Portugues, en el año 1624. Madrid Luis Sanchez 1627
Second Spanish edition, 20 x 15 cm., pp.. Disbound from a larger volume. Some minor staining, but overall a very good copy.
Cordier 2899; Streit V. 279; Lach Asia in the Making of Europe III, pp.338-339.
The Portuguese Jesuit, Antonio de Andrade (1580-1634), was sent to India in 1600, and rose to become Superior of the mission to Agra. In 1624 he crossed the Himalayas to Tsaparang where, it was rumoured, large numbers of Christians had lived. He found none, but was well received by the ruler of Guge and permitted to establish a mission. He returned to Agra and dispatched this letter which was first published in Lisbon in Portuguese in 1626. The first Spanish edition was published in the same year, and our copy, the second Spanish edition, in 1627. The following year Andrade went back to Tsaparang where he remained until 1630. In this notice of his first mission Andrade provides an account of his difficult seven month journey from Agra to Tsaparang and back, with descriptions of Tibet and Lamaism. Although Benedict de Goes had preceded him by several years in crossing Tibet from India to China, Andrade was the first European to return with a description of the country, its people, and their religion.