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Rare sermons in praise of Francis Xavier

[Jesuit] Alberti, Giovanni Andrea Enneade panegerica detta a S. Francesco Saverio. ... All'illustrissima, & excellentiss. Signora Marchesa Livia d'Este. Bologna Carlo Zenero 1650
First edition. 12mo (11 x 7.5 cm), pp.381, [1, blank]. A good copy bound in 18th-century half vellum over marbled boards, spine. All edges yellow. Text spotted, some stains, largely marginal. Bound without final blank leaf.
Backer & Sommervogel, I, p.126. COPAC records no copies. We trace no copies at auction.

Nine sermons by the Jesuit preacher Giovanni Andrea Alberti (1611-1657) in praise of Francis Xavier, (1506-1552), one of the foremost of Ignatius Loyola's disciples, who died of fever in Macao while waiting to enter China. Xavier's posthumous reputation and sainthood were closely associated with the Jesuit missions in the Far East. Alberti's sermons deal treat Xavier as the epitome of different qualities: miracle-worker; courageous; and universal, the great apostle of the Orient. His final sermon discusses Marcello Mastrilli (1603-1637), a Jesuit martyred in Japan, as Francis Xavier's spiritual heir. This book is dedicated to Livia d'Este, daughter of the Renaissance patron Isabella d'Este of Mantua. The dedicatory preface is signed by the printer, Carlo Zenero.