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Abecedario militar do que o soldado deve fazer te chegar a ser Capitão, & Sergento mór: & pera cada hum delles insolidum & todos juntos saberem a obrigação de seus cargos, & o modo que terão em formar Companhias, Batalhões, & Esquadrões de menor, ou mayor numero de Soldados, & como se desfarão, & se tirarà a Raiz quadra pera os saber formar, & outras cousas curiosas que os affeiçoados a esta Arte folgarão de saber. Dividido em dous volumes.?
Lisbon, Por Pedro Craesbeeck, 1631. - Woodcut arms of the dedicatee, Dom Theodosio II, Duque de "Bargança" on title page. Woodcut initials. Woodcut tailpieces. Diagrams of military formations in text. (8), 138; 86 ll. First part: leaf 15 wrongly numbered 14; 79 wrongly numbered 76; second part: leaf 56 wrongly numbered 55; 63 wrongly numbered 64; 64 wrongly numbered 63. 2 Parts in 1 volume. 4°, contemporary limp vellum (repaired at foot of spine; recased, new endleaves), spine with vertical manuscript short title. Occasional small, light dampstains. Tear and small repair to outer margin of leaf 12, part I. Internally in very good condition. Overall good to very good. Early ink signature of Pantalião de Saa e Mello on old front free endleaf recto. Occasional old ink manuscript marginal annotations. 2 Parts in 1 volume. ---- FIRST and ONLY EDITION of this interesting military manual, which is also an important Brasiliana, unknown to Borba de Moraes. As pointed out by José Honório Rodrigues, besides being a source worthy of consultation regarding military history, with good information concerning rules, discipline and duties of military personnel, this book contains lists of participants, ships, munitions and supplies to the fleet which liberated Bahia in 1624. The information is related on leaves 13-19 of part I.João de Brito de Lemos was a native of Bragança, from a family which had served the Dukes of Bragança. He became a Cavalheiro Fidalgo da Casa Real. An infantry officer, he served under colonel Braz Teles de Meneses. In addition to the dedication to D. Teodosio II, Duque de Bragança ( 3 recto to 4 verso), there is a second dedication to his son and heir, D. João II, Duque de Bragança, the future D. João IV of Portugal ( 5 recto to 6 recto). D. Teodosio had died on November 29, 1630, while the book was still in the press.---- Alden and Landis 631/17: no copy located! J.H. Rodrigues, @Historiografia e bibliografia do domínio holandês no Brasil 363. Arouca L226. Innocêncio III, 331 (without mention of the prelimiary leaves): "É algum tanto raro este livro, e merece estimação pelas noticias que dá do estado da nossa milicia ao tempo em que foi escripto. É tido como classico nos termos relativos á arte militar." Barbosa Machado II, 616. Nicolao Antonio @Nova, I, 505. Martins de Carvalho, @ Dicionário bibliográfico militar português, II, 354: "É tido como classico com relação aos termos de arte militar, e está sendo hoje bastante raro." Pinto de Matos p. 86. Palha 471. Almirante, @Bibliografia militar de España, p. 92. Sabagosa 62. Not in Bosch. Not in JCB, @Portuguese and Brazilian Books. Not in J.C. Rodrigues. Porbase locates three copies: two in the Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo, and one in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal. Not located in Copac. [Attributes: First Edition]
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