Compendio historico do Estado da Universidade de Coimbra no tempo da invasão dos denominados Jesuitas e dos estragos feitos nas sciencias e nos professores, e directores que a regiam pelas maquinações, e publicações dos novos estatutos por elles publicados.
Lisbon, Na Regia Officina Typografica, 1772.
Small 8vo. (1) f., xx pp., (1) f., 503 pp. Contemporary calf, spine gilt.
Pombal began “the overhauling of the University of Coimbra in 1772, which abolished the study of scholastic philosophy and put natural philosophy (or natural history) in its place (it is worth noting that those self-same men who were instrumental in bringing the baroque period to an end and welcomed the new liberal ideology were products of the new university)” (Manoel da Silveira Cardozo, “The Modernization of Portugal and the independence of Brazil,” p. 200 in From Colony to Empire, ed. A.J.R. Russell-Wood). One of Pombal’s closest advisers and apologists, Francisco de Lemos was installed as bishop of Coimbra after the statesman had imprisoned his predecessor for what he considered seditious conduct. The work begins by decrying the supposed depredations wrought by the Jesuits on the teaching at the University of Coimbra and reproduces the Carta Regia establishing the Junta da Providência Literária. This is the second edition.
Innocêncio II, 94; IV, 20 & X, 331. Borba de Moraes (1983) I, 228 & Bibliogr. Brasileira do Periódo Colonial , 102. Sacramento Blake III, 25 & IV, 23. Azevedo-Samodães 816. Palha 2522.