Exame d'Antiguidades. Parte primeyra. Repartida em doze tratados, onde se apurão historias, opiniões, & curiosidades pertencentes ao reyno de Portugal, & a outras partes, des d'a criação do mundo atè o anno 3403.
Lisbon, Officina de Jorse (sic) Rodriguez, 1616.
Small 4to. (4), 123 ff. With vignette of royal arms on title page. Contemporary calf (lower corner of back corner worn). Some near contemporary marginalia, ownership ticket & name on front free endpaper, initials on title p., tear repaired in f. 5 not affecting text.
All published of this classic work on the fabled history of Portugal. The book prompted a famous literary controversy, as the author disproved arguments about the highly contentious legendary origins of Portugal put forward by Bernardo de Brito in his Monarchia Lusitana. Innocêncio asserts that his motive was jealousy as Bernardo de Brito had been appointed chief chronicler, a post coveted by Paiva de Andrade. Azevedo-Samodães (2333) comments on the books’s rarity and the excellency and clarity of its printing.
Innocêncio II, 169, "raro." Monteverde 3950, “raro.” Ameal 1707. Arouca, Bibliografia das obras impressas em Portugal no séc. XVII, I, A 350. Palha 2742, "ouvrage rare." Pinto de Mattos 440. Welsh 5411.