St Ignatius Loyola
St Peter Faber
Father Sylvester Landinus
From Mathias Tanner, Societas Jesu Apostolorum imitatrix, sive gesta praeclara et virtutes eorum: qui e societate Jesu in procuranda salute animarum, per Apostolicas missiones, Conciones, Sacramentorum Ministeria, Evangelij inter Fideles & Infideles propagationem, ceteráque munia Apostolica, per totum orbem terrarum speciali zelo desudarunt / 1: Societatis Jesu Europaeae
Illustrations by Jan Jiří Heinsch. Engravings based thereon by Kilian, Hafner and others
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Regensberg
Father Mathias Tanner was born at Pilsen in Bohemia on 28 February, 1630, and entered the Society of Jesus in 1646.
He spent most of his Jesuit life in Prague and served as provincial of the Bohemian province for six years.
He was superior of the house of professed fathers at the Jesuit college of the Universitas Carolo-Ferdinandea in Prague
In 1694 he published Societas Jesu Apostolorum imitatrix, a nearly thousand-page collection of the lives of prominent and noteworthy Jesuits from the beginning of the Order until 1694
The illustrations were by the German-Czech baroque artist Jan Jiří Heinsch (Johann Georg Heinsch; c. 1647 – September 9, 1712)
The aim was to inspire his fellow Jesuits and their followers to imitate the heroic deeds and virtues of the Jesuits who laboured in all parts of the world with extraordinary success for the salvation of souls
There are 197 illustrations or portraits of the Jesuits depicted together with an inspirational biography of their achievements