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Cornelius Hazart, 1617-1690

Kirchen-geschichte, das ist catholisches Christenthum, durch die gantze Welt aussgebreitet…Der andere Theil. In sich begreiffend, die africanische Länder, Abassia, guinea, Angola, Congo, Monomotapa, Marroco und Fessa; demnach die americanische, Perù, Paraquaria, Brasilia, Florida, Canada, mexico und Maragnan. (Vienna, 1684)


A translation by Mathias Souterman, S.J., of volume 2 of Hazart’s Kerckelyck historie van de gheheele wereldt, a popular illustrated work on the progress of Christian evangelization efforts in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Hazart was a Flemish Jesuit, and a prolific author of works on religious controversy. Although his pictures of the American mission enterprise is hardly an accurate one – Hazart had never visited most of the places he described – the value of the text is enhanced by some very fine early engraved representations of the Americas and its peoples.

Backer-Sommervogel VII, col. 1407, no. 6