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Dissertações philosophico-politicas sobre o trato das sedas na comarca de Moncorvo, dedicadas a soberna Magestade da Muito Alta Rainha de Portugal Dona Maria I, Nossa Senhora.
Lisbon, Na Offic. da Academia Real das Sciencias, 1787. - 4°, contemporary mottled sheep (slight wear), spine richly gilt with raised bands in six compartments (small defect in first compartment; 6 tiny round wormholes), crimson morocco lettering piece in second compartment from head, short-title in gilt letter, covers with gilt-tooled borders, all text block edges gilt, with some gauffering. Woodcut Portuguese royal arms on both title pages. Elegant woodcut headpiece with arms of the Academia Real das Sciencias on p. 1. Factotum initial on same page. Typographical headpiece on p. 51. Occasional light browning. In very good condition overall. Ink inscription of "Antonio Passos // Agronomo" on both title pages. Ink signature "Ant.º R. Passas" on blank verso of final unnumbered preliminary leaf, and p. 112. Ink signature "Antonio Passos" on pp. 1, 70, 123, and 168. Ink inscription "800 f" on first title page, to the left of "Lisboa" in the imprint; "4.º" after the date; and "4º 246" blow imprint. (5 leaves, including two different versions of the title page), xiii pp., (1 l.), 175 pp., folding engraved plate. *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION of an interesting and curious early work on the silk industry. An extra, slightly variant title page has been bound in; the two are almost identical. The author recounts the history of silk production in many countries, encourages the cultivation of silk-worms in Portugal, and gives detailed instructions for rearing silkworms and producing silk. He was a director of the Royal Silk Factory. The author was a native of Bragança. He served as juiz de fóra at the villa de Moncorva, and desembargador da Relação do Porto. Later he served in various high administrative posts in Lisbon, where he died in 1819. He was one of the earliest members of the Academia Real das Sciencias de Lisboa.Provenance: We have not been able to discover anything about António R. Passos (fl. late ninteenth- and / or early twentieth-century), but over the years have seen many books bearing his signature. They are invariably interesting volumes, in above average condition, dealing mainly with agricultural products or minerals and their application in commerce. He must have been an astute and discerning book buyer and bibliophile.*** Innocêncio IV, 246: "obra curiosa para o estudo d'este ramo da industria em Portugal."; on the author, see also pp. 464-5; XII, 236. Kress, Luso-Brazilian Economic Literature Before 1850, p. 4. Avila Perez 6811, "rara." Porbase locates five copies: four in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, and one at the Biblioteca João Paulo II-Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Copac repeats British Library and Victoria and Albert only. KVK (44 databases searched) locates only the copies cited by Porbase. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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