(Colophon) Rio de Janeiro, J. Villeneuve & C., 1858.
Large 4to. 22 pp. Original wrappers (worn). Top inside margin worn.
The work traces the history of matrimony from Roman times to the 19th century, the opinions expressed being firmly against civil marriage and in favour of a religious ceremony, with some pained observations on the anti-religious sentiments of the French Revolution and the influences of socialism. Matrimony with non-Catholics is similarly condemned, and the writer views with grave suspicion the arrival of Protestant settlers from northern Europe in Brazil. The work is signed Cônego Joaquim Pinto de Campos, a cleric with profoundly orthodox views. Civil marriages were finally introduced in Brazil in 1890, though they had been legal in Portugal since 1867.
(Cf. Innocêncio IV, 146.) Not in OCLC.