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DALLA BELLA, Joaõ Antonio

Memorias e observacões sobre o modo de aperfeiçoar a manufactura do azeite de oliveira em Portugal.  Remittidas á Academia Real das Sciencias de Lisboa.


Lisbon, Academia Real das Sciencias, 1784.


Small 4to.  xiii, 137, (1) pp.  With 1 folding plate showing the stages of oil manufacture & engraved head-pieces on pp. iii & (1).   Contemporary calf, spine gilt (head & foot of spine worn).   Ownership signature on title p., top corner of pp.87-104 repaired, small wormhole in lower margin of pp. 105-end of 1st work;  tear repaired in outer margin of pp. 149/150 of 2nd work.

Together with:- DALLA BELLA, João António:  Memoria sobre a cultura das oliveiras em Portugal.  Small 4to.  XIX, 190 pp.  Coimbra, Real Off. Typ. da Universidade, 1786.

First edition of both works.   Dalla Bella had been invited by Pombal from Italy to teach at the University of Coimbra following the latter's reforms of the institution.   He describes methods for improving the cultivation of olive trees and production of olive oil in Portugal.   Amongst other advice, he recommends picking the olives by hand, rather than shaking the tree, as the olives are thus of better quality, and he gives a diagram of a ladder for this purpose.     

Innocêncio III, 288 & X, 153.  Azevedo-Samodães 996, "apreciadas e pouco vulgar."  (1st work): Palha 443, "opuscule estimé."  (2nd work) Simon,  Bibl. Gastronomica, 430. 



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