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Chronica da Companhia de Jesv do estado do Brasil: e do qve obrarão sevs filhos nesta parte do Novo mvndo. Tomo primeiro: da entrada da Companhia de Jesv nas partes do Brasil. E dos fvndamentos qve nellas lançârão, & continuàrão seus religiosos em quanto alli trabalhou o padre Manoel da Nobrega, fundador, & primeiro prouincial desta prouincia, com sua vida, & morte digna de memoria: e algṽas Noticias antecedentes curiosas, & necessarias das cousas dequelle estado

Simão de Vasconcelos. Chronica da Companhia de Jesv do estado do Brasil: e do qve obrarão sevs filhos nesta parte do Novo mvndo. Tomo primeiro: da entrada da Companhia de Jesv nas partes do Brasil.  dos fvndamentos qve nellas lançârão, & continuàrão seus religiosos em quanto alli trabalhou o padre Manoel da Nobrega, fundador, & primeiro Prouincial desta Prouincia, com sua vida, & morte digna de memoria: e Algas Noticias Antecedentes curiosas, & necessarias das cousas daquelle estado, pello Padre Simão de Vasconcellos da mesma companhia. Lisbon: H. Valente de Oliveira, 1663.  [Chronicle of the Society of Jesus in the State of Brazil. And on what its children produced in this part of the New World. Volume one. On the arrival of the Society of Jesus in parts of Brazil. Of the fundamentals the religious ones set forth and continue in these parts when Father Manoel da Nóbrega, founder and first director of the local Jesuit house in this province, worked there for his entire life and whose demise is worthy of memory: and some curious and necessary notices about things in that state, by Father Simão de Vasconcelos of the same company].

Vasconcelos was born in Portugal and received a Jesuit education in humanities, philosophy and religion. He spent time in Brazil as a youngster and returned there as a member of the Society of Jesuits in 1641 alongside António Vieira and the son of the Marquis of Montalvão. Vasconcelos' history of the Jesuits in Brazil bears the distinction of being one of the most beautifully printed books of its time. It was also a subject of some controversy because Vasconcelos hypothesized that the earthly paradise was located in Brazil.