Jerónimo Lobo Bibliography

Voyage historique d’ Abissinie 1728
Lobo, a Portuguese, entered the Society of Jesus in 1609, was ordained in 1621 and from 1622 served as a missionary in India and Ethiopia. His manuscript account of his travels was translated into French as 1728. In 1735, in the Preface to his translation of the Voyage to Abyssinia, Samuel Johnson praised Lobo’s refusal to pander to his reader’s “romantic sensibility,” and for remaining in the realm of the probable: “Here are not Hottentots without religion, polity, or articulate language; no Chinese perfectly polite, and completely skilled in all sciences.”