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Galvao Santo Agostinho, Joaquim de
Ensaio sobre a Historia da Lingua Portuguesa
N.d. [c. 1789]. N.p. [Lisbon]. 8vo, (210 x 150 mm). 18, 709 pp., 2 ff. Modern paper-covered boards, lettering piece on spine. Exceptionally fresh and clean; manuscript on paper, probably the original copy, although not bound for presentation.- Important and unpublished manuscript by Fr. Francisco de Santo Agostinho on the Portuguese language; the work is dedicated to D. Francisco Rafael de Castro (1750 – 1816), a clergymen and politician, dean of the University of Coimbra, and later part of the Council of Regency. Inocencio references this work as existing in manuscript copies. The work is divided in three parts: the first deals with the origin of the Portuguese language, claiming the impossibility of knowing is the original language of the Iberian peninsula; the second with the ancient alphabets used in the region; and the analyzing the history of the Portuguese language, with a note on the oldest philologists, and its evolution. The author (1767 – 1845) was an Augustinian monk, member of the Academy of Sciences and a well-reputed writer. This manuscript was likely meant for publication, as indicated by were indications are provided by the author “Advertencias que se nao devem imprimir”. The dating of the manuscript comes from a reference of the author´s age at the end of the prologue “o A. tem as presente Inocencio, v. 4, pp. 57; v.12 pp. 147.
Bookseller: HS Rare Books [Argentina]

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