The story of Desiderius Report

This first monograph, I consider memorandum to the figure and work of Wish, came, with the title The 'Report' of Ippolito Desideri between local history and international affairs, as a special issue of the magazine "storialocale" (n. 2, December 2003, pp. 4-103; a p. 3, Publishing; the inside back cover, biographical profile), History and published by the City with the publisher "The Ori” (Piazzetta San Pietro 5, 51100 Pistoia. E-mail: It is a detailed reconstruction of the events tormented concerning the work of the Jesuit missionary, from the non-publication ostracism following, until the slow emergence, clarifying aspects hitherto obscure and illustrating the individual events in the context of a more general context. The figure of Wish emerges strongly in a summary of the history (from 1700 now) the knowledge of the Tibet (and Central Asian regions) and Buddhism to the West, connected to various geopolitical implications.

The essay was submitted successfully to Pistoia the 26 February 2004, Sitting room in the Palazzo de 'Rossi of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia, that John Paci, President of the Foundation, by the historian Giorgio Petracchi, president of the History and City, da Andrea Ottanelli, editor of "Local History" (news of the presentation on "The Nation”, Pistoia, 26.2.2004). This work was initially distributed only to Pistoia, with reviews of "The Nation” (Tuesday 17.2.2004, p. IX / Agenda Pistoia, Caesar Sartori, Un Pistoiese, the first Tibetologist history. The search. The 'rediscovery' of Father Ippolito Desideri) and "The Tirreno” (Tuesday 16.3.2004, p. IV / Pistoia, Paul Gestri, Local history on sale, There is an essay on the journey to Tibet to Wish; Review republished in "Adventures in the World”, a. XXXI, n. 2, July to December 2004, p. 112), and promptly reported by the magazine Pasquale Clear, “Travel Notes” (n. 72, May to June 2004, p. 38); Later, she met in a match beyond all expectation.

A new presentation took place on 25 November 2004 at Italian Geographic Society (S.G.I.) a Villa Celimontana of Rome. The introduction of prof. Giuliano Beauty (President of Home of Geography), on behalf of Prof.. Frank Salvatori, President of the S.G.I., was followed by the actions of Francesco Surdich University of Genoa, one of the leading experts on the history of exploration (which vividly, and with great wisdom, also took place as the chairman of the session), Gherardo Gnoli, president of 'Italian Institute for Africa and the East (IsIAO, Already IsMEO, Italian Institute for the Middle and Far East, founded by Giuseppe Tucci), di Maria Mancini, History professor of geography at 'University of Roma Tre, Massimiliano A. Polichetti, expert in the area of ​​the Tibetan and Nepalese National Museum of Oriental Art (Palazzo Brancaccio, Rome), Carlo Vivoli, Director of 'State Archives of Pistoia, on behalf of the magazine "Local History", and Vittorio Kulczycki association "Adventures in the World”.

The welcome was extremely warm for the accuracy and depth of research that enhances an extraordinary character has not been recognized as it deserves. Precisely for this, the author of this first successful essay was encouraged to continue in his research and publications have already been announced.

Should also be noted that the presentation to the S.G.I. was honored by a number of qualified participation of institutions and scholars: Dr. Donatella Mazzeo, director of the National Museum of Oriental Art, Colonel Elio Ruggiano, Director of the Library 'Military Geographical Institute, Dr.. Stefano Caciolli, researcher of the same I.G.M., the professoressa Maria Angela Fala the Maitreya Foundation, editor of the magazine "Dharma”, Prof.. Giancarlo Castelli, anthropologist and many other academics and researchers. News of the presentation, of which is provided a soon resoconto, are published in "The Nation”, Pistoia, Sunday 28.11.2004 (Caesar Sartori, Bargiacchi. Honors to the Roman biographer Wish), on "Bulletin of the Italian Geographic Society” (Series XII, Flight. X, fasc. 1, January to March 2005, pp. 261 and 265), on "Bulletin Historical Pistoiese” (a. CVII, 2005; Third series XL; pp. 237-238.

In addition to the above-mentioned reports and reviews, the essay on the events of Report Desiderius have dealt with important specialized magazines such as: “The Universe” (review Stefano Caciolli); “Bulletin of the Italian Geographic Society” (review Francesco Surdich); “Italian Geographic magazine” (review Leonardo Rombai); “Clio” (review Mariangela Maraviglia); “Bulletin Historical Pistoiese” (review Renzo Nelli); “Materials Studies and the History of Religions” (review Nicoletta Basilotta); “The Catholic Civilization” (Ippolito Desideri, Jesuit missionary and explorer. It is an essay on the memories of the P. I. Wish), six-page article, Giuliano Raffo, with recall on the cover; “East and West” (review Oscar Nalesini). For more details, see the 'bibliographical appendix.

About this article, appreciated by Petech and Maraini - From whom I have received warm encouragement to continue research -, it is said:

In the text of scientific facility balance and rigor archival, Enzo Bargiacchi traces the whole story her characters in a concise, but expressive, delineandoli in their characters not only biographical, but peculiar, populating the pages of "People". The reader finds himself immersed in a “cracked” of that world “geographical” Florence and Tuscany, that, at the turn of the mid-nineteenth century and the '30s, was in close contact with the British. Admirable freshness with which they are made familiar the many names that appear and, in many cases, would run the risk of being pure strokes on the white paper [S. Caciolli, “The Universe”, January-February 2005, pp. 133-136].

This article we review because we believe that, thanks to the large amount of documents cited, lead to a new “complete reconstruction of the events relating to the Jesuit missionary”.
With scrupulous attention, the author reconstructs the path that the Report (trip report [the] P. Wish) followed by his discovery and the vicissitudes addressed before we see the publication. [...]
Considering the importance of the subject for the Orientalists, and especially the “news” that this contribution introduces, There seems a restrictive, that of the author , to have wanted to publish in a periodical, although it presents itself as a virtually monographic penalizes the Wish; we could say that cynically continues the tradition that has seen the Report Would you run into a lot of obstacles in the course of two centuries. This criticism wants to be above an incentive for the Bargiacchi a publication of broader, with more extensive notes and reflections that you get the impression that they have been removed or resized [N. Basilotta, “Materials Studies and the History of Religions“, 2005/1,
pp. 213-214].

Story of a (s)Fortunately secular you could name the broad and thorough essay [in which] with genuine passion and unique scrupulous documentary, the author reconstructs the intricate events that resulted in a sort of long conspiracy of silence against the work of the Jesuit Ippolito Desideri of Pistoia, one of the first missionaries who are forwarded in the regions of Tibet and certainly the first to attempt to penetrate the foundations of a religious system so far away from Christianity, in those years firmly represented by the theology of S. Thomas.[…]
Bargiacchi takes the reader on a fascinating adventure that opens from the closed archives of daring expeditions, touches colonial interests and even international intrigue, taking sometimes the colors of the crime novel, As has already been noted by Maria Mancini, the Italian Geographic Society, during the presentation of the book in question.
Unpublished correspondence, very accurate and detailed research, analysis archive impeccably conducted by the author are the basis of this reconstruction, starring actors or local scholars and experts of international renown, scholars of Oriental languages ​​and promoters baby girls disciplines devoted to Tibetology and Buddhism, geography e theology. […] [M. Maraviglia, “Clio”, July to September 2005,
pp. 537-539].

[...] Enzo Gualtiero Bargiacchi has published a new paper on [...]: is not a travel story, but a search on the sources illustrating the steps of the rediscovery of the original manuscripts, with publications that followed, and is allowed to frequent digressions on the people involved and on the echoes aroused in international scientific circles [G. Raffo, “The Catholic Civilization“, 19.11.2005, pp. 366-371].

In a hypothetical Olympus of the underrated and unjustly forgotten figure of the Jesuit Ippolito Desideri of Pistoia could rightfully rise above many other. [...] If so volesse (and maybe you should) promote a cause for some sort of 'cultural beatification’ of Ippolito Desideri, certainly it could not find a postulant more convinced, competent and tireless Enzo Gualtiero Bargiacchi. For years now, dedicated to the study of his illustrious fellow citizen - of which he is also physically retraced the tracks in Tibet, as may be deduced from many of the photographs that enrich the text of which we speak-and the works of him, Bargiacchi finally puts at the disposal of all this beautiful work, which occupies almost all of the file number 2 the magazine “Local History”, until it becomes, in good substance, a special issue. [...] Bargiacchi chooses to focus on one aspect of a distinct, but no less interesting than the story: made their appearance from the 'fortune’ (and in this case, the quotation marks are almost mandatory; indeed, it would be better to speak of 'disgrace') the Report. And it does so gradually unraveling before our eyes the intricate tangle of a story that you configure often as a kind of yellow; indeed, sometimes, as a real spy story. […] everything is told from Bargiacchi on the basis of a considerable knowledge of the historical literature and memoirs of the time, but also and especially with the aid of first hand sources, always correctly and carefully explained to the reader […] the sources in question are always seen in the light of hermeneutic impeccably alert, However, that does not veil a narrative fabric smooth and pleasant to follow [R. Nelli, “Bulletin Historical Pistoiese”, 2005, pp. 191-194].

It gives me great pleasure to greet the publication of this book (in fact it is a monographic issue of the Pistoia review Local History) dedicated by Enzo Gualtiero Bargiacchi to the events that developed around the Report written by the missionary – also from Pistoia - Ippolito Desideri, after seven years living in Tibet. Reading it one is reminded of the many novels […] which center around a lost manuscript or a burnt library. And it can be read precisely like a novel so pleasant is the way the book is written. But with one important difference: the Relazione manuscripts really did exist, and fortunately still do. Indeed consist of one of the most important texts, ever written on a country, Tibet, which although discussed extensively (and often inappropriately), is still relatively unknown to the Italian public. […] In Bargiacchi’s book the events linked to the search for the manuscript containing Desideri’s report and its publication perform also the function of the thread linking most of European Tibetology between the 19th and the 20th century [The. Nalesini, “East and West”, 2005, pp. 507-509].

It is with great pleasure that I welcome the appearance of the book (actually a special issue of the journal Pistoia Local History) dedicated to Enzo Gualtiero Bargiacchi the events that developed around the report written by the missionary - Pistoia too - Ippolito Desideri after seven years in Tibet. Reading it, the work reminds one of the many novels […] that revolve around a lost manuscript or a library on fire. And to top it reads like a novel, much work is attractively written. But with one important difference: the manuscripts of the report really exist, and fortunately there are still. Indeed marked with one of the most important texts ever written about a country, the Tibet, that despite much talk about it (and sometimes improperly), still remains largely unknown to the Italian public […] In the writing of Bargiacchi the events related to finding the manuscript containing the report Wish, and its publication, also perform the function of leitmotif of much of the nineteenth and twentieth century European Tibetology [The. Nalesini, original text of the reviewer, later published in an English translation in "East and West”].

[…] Bargiacchi has the merit of each other unravel a very complex, reconstruct accurately and with competent and pleasant and even compelling narrative setting the contribution made by the traveler to the knowledge […] [The.Rombai, “Italian Geographic magazine”, March 2006, pp. 206-208].

[…] reads like a detective to discover the mysterious and inaccessible manuscript of P. Would you like in the novel Eco, The Name of the Rose you go in search of a lost greek text or as many readers of the best-selling brand new American The Da Vinci Code are anxious to know that it happened […] [Walter Gardini, Typed letter sent to the author gives Buenos Aires, 17.11.2004].

The essay published at the end of 2003 on "Local History", which will be published as revised and greatly expanded, and with English translation, in the prestigious series of 'Italian Institute for Africa and the East (I'm currently awaiting the necessary adaptations and updates), has been quoted in major studies published in Italy and abroad, and has stimulated a number of initiatives that are listed here.


Wish Project: PR.D.01Premittance, PR.D.02Research, PR.D.03Start, PR.D.04StoriaRelaz., PR.D.05Conf.2004-6, PR.D.06Art.2004-6, PR.D.07BiografiaD., PR.D.08Bibliogr.D., PR.D.09Conf.2007, PR.D.10Ev.2008, PR.D.11Atlanta2008, PR.D.12Ev.2009, PR.D.13Ev.2010, PR.D.Sviluppi, PR.D.zzApp.Bibliogr.