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Vita Christi, de Manoel das Povoas, Canonigo de la Santa Iglesia de Lisboa.
Lisbon, En la officina de Pedro Crasbeeck, 1614. - Large woodcut vignette on title-page, woodcut initials and tailpieces. (2), 253 ll. 4°, mid-eighteenth-century sheep (minor binding defects), spine gilt with raised bands in five compartments, citron leather label (slightly chaffed), gilt letter, text-block edges sprinkled red. Running heads of two leaves almost touched. Minor stain and slight soiling to title-page. Some insignificant marginal worming. Overall in very good condition. Bookplate of Joaquim Pessoa. ---- FIRST and ONLY EDITION. This epic poem in Spanish on the life of Christ, from conception to being handed over by Judas, was praised by Lope de Vega: "Y con sus rimas triples á Poboas Que honró la lengua castellana tanto"The work also won the applause of Manuel Faria y Sousa. On leaves 175 verso and 176 recto (Canto 20), the author treats the Battle of Lepanto (1571), in which the Holy League decisively defeated the Ottoman Empire. He planned to continue the poem, but it appears that this object was never achieved.D. Manuel das Povóas was a native of Lisbon, born c. 1564. He was a canon of the Lisbon Cathedral, and died in that city in 1625.The Salvá catalogue says that this work has three preliminary leaves; Palau, who cites no other copy, follows Salvá in calling for three preliminary leaves. However, all copies actually located (the Houghton Library / Palha copy, the Hispanic Society of America/Jerez copy, and the three copies in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal) all have the same collation as our copy, with two preliminary leaves. Moreover, all other bibliographies and catalogues which give collations (Innocêncio, Pinto de Matos, Garcia Peres, Palha and Sucena, agree that there are but two preliminary leaves. One can speculate that either Salvá mistakenly cited three leaves when really intending to record three printed pages, or that the Salvá copy contained a license leaf from Castile or Aragon not present in any other known copy, and not required for the book to be complete.---- Arouca P238 (collation agrees with our copy). Barbosa Machado III, 346?7 (with incorrect publication date of 1613). Innocêncio VI, 88?9 (giving the same collation as our copy). Pinto de Matos (1970) pp. 514?5 (giving same collation as our copy). Garcia Peres p. 472 (giving incorrect collation of ii, 235 ll., the 235 probably being a typographical error for 253, the correct number of leaves). Nicolau Antonio I, 270. Palau 234406 (gives an additional preliminary leaf, after the Salvá?Heredia copy, the only copy cited). Salvá 889. Heredia 2085. HSA p. 437 (the Jerez copy; this copy was examined at the HSA; the collation agrees with our copy). Jerez p. 82. Palha 833 (with [2], 253 ll., the same as our copy). Sucena 920 (collation same as our copy). Not in any other of the dozen or so most important Portuguese auction catalogues since the Sir Gubián sale in 1867. Not in Coimbra, @Reservados. Not in Gallardo. Not in Ticknor @Catalogue. Not in Orbis, Melvyl, LC online catalogue, Ariadna or BLPC. Porbase cites 3 copies in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (all examined personally, all with the same collation as our copy, all in condition inferior to our copy), but none in any other Portuguese libraries. Hollis cites a copy at the Houghton Library (presumably the Palha copy). OCLC: 459597149 (Bibliothèque Nationale de France); 433606015 (Biblioteca Nacional de España); 78767846 (Houghton Library, University of Toronto-Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library). Copac adds a copy at the British Library. Porbase locates three copies in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, and one in the Biblioteca Central da Marinha (collation also agrees with our copy). Not located in CCPBE. Not located in Rebiun. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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