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CARVALHO, José Liberato Freire de

Ensaio Historico-Politico sobre a Constituição e Governo do Reino de Portugal; onde se mostra ser aquelle reino, desde a sua origem, uma monarquia representativa: e que o absolutismo, a superstição, e a influencia da Inglaterra são as causas da sua actual decadencia. 


Lisbon, Na Imprensa Nevesiana, 1843.


8vo.  (1) f., 419 pp.   Contemporary quarter calf.  

The work is a virulent attack on Britain who the author blames primarily for Portugal’s unhappy political situation, and for the loss of Brazil.   He condemns all recent Portuguese monarchs for their failures as leaders, though he has hopes that the nation will now prosper under the present regime of Dona Maria da Glória.   The work first appeared in 1830 and was written during the author's exile in London, where, with Abrantes e Castro, he edited three periodicals including the Investigador Português, the journal officially sanctioned by the Conde do Funchal, then Portuguese ambassador in London, to counter the influence of the Correio Braziliense edited by Hipólito da Costa.   This second edition was corrected and enlarged after the author’s return to Portugal;  an edition in French, translated by Francisco Solano Constancio, appeared in Paris.   He later became deputy for Madeira.

Innocêncio IV, 419.   Palha 3715.   No copies of this edition listed in WorldCat.   (Cf. Ramos, A Edição de Língua Portuguesa na França, 172, for a French translation by Francisco Solano Constâncio, Paris, Imp. de Rignoux, 1830.   Welsh 5379.)  



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