Carta Constitucional da Monarchia Portugueza, decretada, e dada pelo Rei de Portugal e Algarves D. Pedro, Imperador do Brasil, aos 29 de abril de 1826.
London, Na Officina Typographica de C. Whittingham, 1828.
4to. (2) ff., 76 pp. Contemporary half calf (label removed on front cover). Some slight staining in lower margin.
Dª. Maria da Glória, the Brazilian Emperor D. Pedro’s infant daughter, had disembarked at Falmouth on 24 September 1828, from where she proceeded to London, where a copy of this handsomely printed Carta Constitucional was presented to her, together with a sceptre as a symbol of her royal authority. A few months previously on 13 March 1828 her uncle, D. Miguel, had dissolved the Portuguese Parliament and declared himself king. The text of the Memorial, dated 16 October 1828, appears on pp. 75-76 and is signed by José VanZeller (President) and A.J. Freire Marreco (Secretary) on behalf of the 2413 Portuguese émigrés in England who had signed the original document. The words “Edição mandada fazer á custa dos Portuguezes que assignárão o Memorial appresentado a S. Magestade” appear on the verso of title page of this well printed edition. This is copy No. 24 allocated to José António Bernardino Pereira do Lago by A.J. Freire Marreco.
Innocêncio IX, 47-8 (with incorrect pagination). Azevedo-Samodães 606, “bela edição . . . Tiragem limitada a pequeno numero de exemplares . . . Rara.” Palha 288, “belle edition peu commune.” Ameal 492, “bela e rara edição.” Borba de Moraes (1983) I, 158, “very few copies were printed . . . it is rare.”