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SÁ, José Antonió de
Compendio de Observaçoens, que fórmaõ o plano da Viagem Politica, e Filosofica, que se dave fazer dentro da Patria.
Lisbon: Na Officina de Francisco Borges de Sousa, 1723. Hardcover. Near Fine. 8vo [ 15.5 x 9.2 cm]. (9) ff., 248 pp., with 2 large folding tables, woodcut arms on title, woodcut headpiece, initial and vignette. Bound in contemporary crimson sheep, raised bands in six compartments, spine richly gilt, title gilt to spine, covers good tooled with floral motif within ruled border, board edges gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt and gauffered, green silk ribbon marker. Small defect at foot of spine, minor rubbing to boards, bookseller's ticket inside upper cover. Eighteenth-century ownership inscription on title, otherwise internally excellent. Rare first and only edition of José Antonió de Sá's overview of the customs, industry, laws, agriculture, commerce, mining, and other products of Portugal, presented as background information in this guide book for Portuguese travelers venturing to foreign lands. The text is divided into the three parts, with the first briefly treating the general theme of Portugal's riches in relation to other nations both past and present, with references to a number of contemporary and past authors. Mention is made of specific products such as lead, lithium, indigo, magnesium, and cinnamon from Brazil, Angola, São Tomé and Cabo Verde. Pará, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro and Maranhão are specifically referred to, as are plants specific to Brazil. The islands of São Miguel and Terciera in the Azores are also mentioned. The second part spells out the qualities needed to be an observant traveler abroad and provides guidelines to assist travellers in ob … [Click Below for Full Description]
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