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Historia do Predestinado peregrino, e seu - GUSMÃO, P. Alexandre de, S.J - 1685. [1278366]
Évora, Officina da Universidade, 1685. - 8°, early limp vellum (torn at spine, front hinge gone, lacking ties), vertical manuscript title on spine. Typographical headpieces. Woodcut initials. Woodcut tailpiece. Minor fraying in lower margin of preliminary leaves and worming at head of quire H, neither affecting the text; minor dampstains and light browning. Overall in good condition. (4 ll.), 364 pp., (5 ll. index, 1 integral blank l.). *** Second edition of the allegorical moral novel that is considered by many to be the first work of fiction written in Brazil by a Portuguese author, and thus a precursor to the Brazilian romance. It describes the journey of two brothers, Predestinado and Precito, out of Egypt to Jerusalem (Heaven) and Babylon (Hell). Bell comments, "The style is simpler and more direct that might be inferred from the inflated title, and often has an effective if studied eloquence." The first edition appeared in Lisbon, 1682.Alexandre de Gusmão (1629-1724), a Jesuit priest, lived in Brazil from 1644 until the end of his life. His works are esteemed for their purity of diction. He was the most noted Brazilian educator of his time, and founder of the Seminário de Belém da Cachoeira.*** Arouca G194. Borba de Moraes (1983) I, 383: calling for only 4 leaves of index. Innocêncio I, 32-3: without collation. Xavier Cunha, @Impressões Deslandesianas p. 567. Gil Monte p. 14. Leite VIII, 290. Backer-Sommervogel III, 1960-2. Barbosa Machado I, 95-6. Pinto de Mattos (1970) p. 353. Bosch 149. JCB @Catalogue 1675-1700 p. 151. JCB @Portuguese and Brazilian Books 685/1. Bell, @Portuguese Literature p. 249. Not in Rodrigues. Not in HSA; see p. 249, a Spanish translation. Not in Palha. Not in @Ticknor Catalogue. Not in Azevedo-Samodães or Ameal. NUC: NN, CLU, IU, MiU, RPJCB, MH. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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