Author: Possevino Antonio, 1533 - 1611
Title: Il soldato christiano con nuoue aggiunte, et la forma di un vero principe, et principessa, espressi nelle vite di Stefano Batori re di Polonia, di Lodouico Gonzaga duca di Niuers, di Eleonora arciduchessa di Austria, duchessa di Mantoua.
Title in English: The Christian Soldier with New Additions, and the Expression of a True Duke and Duchess in the Life Descriptions of Stephen Bathory, the King of Poland, Duke of Nevers Louis Gonzaga, and Eleanor, Archduchess of Austria and Duchess of Mantua.
Format: In 8° (cm 14,8 x 20,3), bella legatura piena pelle moderna, fregi a secco ai piatti e titoli e fregi in oro al dorso, pp (16), 200, marca (Croce, monogramma, IHS, e colomba) sul front.
In Venetia: appresso Domenico Imberti, 1604.
Antonio Possevino’s work on Christian missionaries, The Christian Soldier, includes a biography of the Ruler of Poland and Lithuania Stephen Bathory (p. 60–68). Possevino’s work is related to Lithuania: he was a mediator during the negotiations that led to the peace treaty between the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Grand Duchy of Moscow in Yam Zapolsky in 1582. As secretary to the General of the Society of Jesus, Possevino oversaw the activities of the Jesuits in Lithuania: the preparation of priests and the operation of Vilnius University and printing house.
Reference: "The Collection of Lawyer Jaunius Gumbis: the Past Preserved in Books". Museum and Collector - 7. Vilnius: National Museum of Lithuania, 2018, p. 427.
Published: "The Collection of Lawyer Jaunius Gumbis: the Past Preserved in Books". Museum and Collector - 7. Vilnius: National Museum of Lithuania, 2018, p. 426-427.