Catalogus scriptorum religionis Societatis Iesu: auctore p. Petro Ribadeneira [...] Secunda editio, plurimorum scriptorum locupletio

Autore: RIBADENEIRA, Pedro (1527-1611)

Tipografo: ex officina plantiniana, apud viduam & filios Io. Moreti

Dati tipografici: Antwerp, 1613

8vo (180x105 mm). [32], 380 pp. Collation: *-**8 A-Z8 a8. Lacking the final leaf with the printer's device. Jesuits' emblem on title page. Contemporary vellum with overlapping edges and inked title on spine, light blue edges (lacking ties). Lower portion of the title page repaired with no loss of text, slightly uniformly browned, a good, genuine copy.


Rare second augmented edition after the first appeared in Antwerp in 1608 (and reprinted in Lyon in 1609) of the first bio-bibliography of the writers of the Society of Jesus written by a member of the Society itself.

The work is divided into several parts: the first and by far the most substantial lists alphabetically all known Jesuit authors, giving a short biography and then a list of their works, both printed and manuscript. The second part, ordered chronologically, provides biographical details of members of the Society who were martyred in the missions in Japan, Mexico, Florida and the Indies. Next comes an index of the writers contained in the catalogue arranged by nationality and then a long and detailed list of works by Jesuits ordered by subject matter. The final part of the work is a list of the provinces, colleges, houses and societies set up by the Society of Jesus, which provides valuable evidence of how they opened up the rest of the world to European influence.

Pedro Ribaneira (1526-1611), born in Toledo, entered the Society of Jesus aged fourteen. A Professor of Rhetoric at Palermo, he was ordained in 1553 and dedicated his time to preaching and promulgating the cause of the Society, especially in the Low Countries. He is perhaps best known for his Life of Loyola, published in 1572.


De Backer, VI, 1754; Besterman, 2157.