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Circulation and Reception of Portuguese Books in the 17th/18th Century Jesuit Mission of China, mainly in Three Bishop’s Collections (Diogo Valente, Polycarpo de Sousa and Alexandre de Gouveia)

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As a bishop of Japan, Diogo Valente -who had left Lisbon in mid-1618 and arrived in Macau in Nov. 1619-assembled a fairly large "personal" library, partly brought from Portugal, partly completed afterwards with books from the 'procuratura' of the Japan province, and probably also from the Trigault collection. Polycarpo de Sousa arrived in China in 1725, and was called to Peking in 1726, as a procurator of the Portuguese mission, residing either in the Nantang, the Portuguese College or the Dongtang residence, a branch of the same college. Alexandre de Gouveia left Lisbon in April 1783, and he arrived in Peking on 18.01.1785, where he resided in the Nantang buildings until his death in 1808. This chapter checks the circulation of Portuguese books within the China mission of the padroado, mainly on the basis of three "personal" book collections made up by Portuguese missionaries in Peking as a test case.

Keywords:Alexandre De Gouveia; Bishop; China; Diogo Valente; Polycarpo De Sousa; Portuguese; Portuguese Books



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