Twelve years in Persia

Villote, Jacques, SJ. Voyages d'un missionaire de la Compagnie de Jesus, en Turquie, en Perse, en Armenie, en Arabie & en Barbarie.

Paris, Vincent, 1730.

8vo. (6), 647 pp. Modern half calf with giltstamped spine.


First edition.

The Jesuit Jacques Villote (1656-1743) was sent to China. Leaving Marseilles in 1688, he arrived in Isfahan in October 1689. His various attempts to penetrate China were unsuccessful, and he settled in Isfahan, where he remained for twelve years. He was not recalled to France until 1712. At Isfahan, he taught plainchant to the Persians and translated several works in Armenian.

Some staining. OCLC locates no copy in the U.S.; however, one copy in Princeton (the Atabey copy).

Atabey 1294. De Backer/Sommervogel VIII, 789 (quoting a slightly different title, possibly in error).