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Braziliada, ou Portugal immune, e salvo: poema epico em doze cantos.
Lisbon, Na Impressão Regia, 1815. - 8°, nineteenth-century (second quarter?) quarter calf over marbled boards (some wear to extremities), smooth spine tooled in blind with title and five horizontal fillets gilt, text block edges sprinkled. Folding engraved portrait of the author. Woodcut Portuguese royal arms on title-page. Faint dampstain at end, otherwise crisp and clean. Overall in very good condition. Two different bookplates of António Cupertino de Miranda, the second on verso of title-page. Frontispiece portrait, 388 pp. [i.e., 384, with pp. 289-292 omitted in numbering], (1 l. errata, 8 ll.). *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION of this ambitious epic poem in twelve cantos on the events precipitating the Peninsular War and the flight of the Portuguese court to Brazil in 1807. Appended are a lengthy commendatory poem by the prolific poet, dramatist, and literary biographer José Maria da Costa e Silva (1788-1854) and a list of over 300 subscribers to the work.Thomaz António Santos e Silva (1751-1816) was born in Setúbal and studied medicine at the Universidade de Coimbra. The death of his patron, however, initiated a life of privation and tragedy. After eking out a living as a pharmacist, he moved to Lisbon in 1781 and began new careers as an instructor in French and English and a writer and translator for the theater. In 1790 he joined the newly formed Academia das Belas Letras, also known as the Nova Arcádia. The onset of complete blindness in 1796 halted his literary activities for nearly a decade until, with the aid of his doctors, he began composing poetry again. In his final years Santos e Silva published much verse on the Peninsular War, of which the Brazilíada was his crowning achievement.*** Borba de Moraes (1983) II, 812 (without mention of the errata leaf). Sacramento Blake VII, 281. Innocêncio VII, 329. Ayres Magalhães de Sepúlveda, Dicionário bibliográfico da Guerra Peninsular III, 249: calling for only 378 pp. Biblioteca Pública de Braga, Catálogo do Fundo Barca-Oliveira, p. 220. JCB, Portuguese and Brazilian Books 815/18. Palha 907. Rodrigues 2198. Bell, Portuguese Literature p. 187. Ford, Whittem, & Raphael, Tentative Bibliography of Brazilian Belles-Lettres p. 152. See Grande enciclopédia XXVII, 390-1 and Blake VII, 281: this work not listed; claiming the author was Brazilian. Not in Bosch or Ticknor Catalogue. Porbase locates three copies, two in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal and one in the Biblioteca João Paulo II-Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Copac repeats the British Library and National Library of Scotland only. NUC: DLC, CU, OCl, RPJCB, MH, DCU-IA. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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