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Noticia circunstanciada da feliz descoberta - FREEMASONS] - 1823. 
Porto, Na Typ. de Viuva Alvarez Ribeiro & Filhos, 1823. - 4°, stitched, in old plain brown wrappers (edges nicked, 2 x 6 cm. corner missing from rear wrapper). Typographical vignette on title page. Some light stains and soiling. In good condition. Old ink manuscript "67" in upper inner corner of title page. 24 pp. *** FIRST EDITION Possibly two issues appeared in 1823, both by the same printer, one with 25 pp. rather than 24 pp. Our copy ends with "Fim" on p. 24. The anonymous anti-masonic author vividly and breathlessly describes the discovery of a lodge of Masons in Aveiro, by a Catholic priest who lived next door. Pages 14-22 are lengthy descriptions of the shocking furniture and decor (e.g., "a guarda-roupa maçonica, construida, já se sabe, em forma de triangulo . da orla inferior do façanhoso camisorio pendião varios ossos, e dominava huma caveira estes engraçados bambulins .") and of the letters found in the lodge's archive.*** Biblioteca Pública de Braga, "Catálogo do Fundo Barca-Oliveira" p. 182. Not located in Ferrer Benimeli, @Bibliografia de la Masoneria. Not located in Innocêncio or Fonseca, @Pseudónimos. Porbase locates three copies: one with the same imprint and collation at Biblioteca João Paulo II-Universidade Católica (Biblioteca Martins de Carvalho); and two at the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, one with the same printer but the date 1923 (a typo in Porbase?), and another, with the same imprint, dated 1823, calling for 25 pp. Not located in Copac. KVK (44 databases searched) locates only the copies cited by Porbase. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
[Bookseller: Richard C. Ramer Old and Rare Books]
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