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Analyse sur la justice du commerce du rachat des esclaves de la cÙte d'Afrique.
London, Baylis, 1798. - (1 l.), xvii, 68 pp. 8?, contemporary tree sheep (slight wear at head of spine), smooth spine with gilt fillets. Overall in very good condition. Contemporary 22-line ink manuscript inscription on rear free endleaf recto. Old ink owner's signature of title page. Bookplate of Joaquim Pessoa. ---- FIRST EDITION, rare. Azeredo Coutinho argues that both slavery and the slave trade are indispensable for the agricultural development of Brazil, and thus for the prosperity and security of Portugal and her Empire. Azeredo Coutinho wrote the @Analyse in 1796 and submitted it to the Academia das Sciencias, which refused to publish it. He then translated it into French and had it printed in London, 1798. As the debate over the slavery question became more heated, Azeredo Coutinho expanded the work, adding 48 new sections (the Portuguese text has 131, compared to 83 in the French) and new footnotes. In 1808, he was finally granted a license to publish the work in Portuguese. It is surely not coincidental that the British had abolished slavery in the previous year and were pressuring the Portuguese to do the same.Azeredo Coutinho (1742-1821), a native of Rio de Janeiro, was one of the most influential Brazilian writers of his time, a leading figure in the Brazilian Enlightenment, and "the greatest reactionary of his time" (Borba). He served as archdeacon of Rio de Janeiro, bishop of Pernambuco and inquisitor general in Portugal, and he worked with great zeal to develop the commerce and industry of his native Brazil.---- Borba de Moraes (1983), I, 229: "This work is rare. It was written in 1796, first published in French, and only appeared in Portuguese in 1808"; @PerÌodo colonial p. 106. ESTCT148889. NUC: DLC, RPJCB and MB. OCLC: cites only an eBook (642455227) reproduced from the original at the Bodleian Library of Oxford University. Porbase locates two copies in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, and one in the Biblioteca Jo?o Paulo II-Universidade CatÛlica Portuguesa. Copac cites fourteen locations, but only two, Oxford University and the National Library of Scotland appear to hold hard copies of the first edition; the others have microfilm copies and / or are listings for internet resources. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Richard C. Ramer Old and Rare Books]
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