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FREIRE, Antonio de Oliveira

Descripçam corografica do Reyno de Portugal, que contem huma exacta relaçam de suas Provincias, Comarcas, Cidades, Villas, Freguezias, montes, rios, portos com a sua situaçaõ, extensaõ, e limites, a qualidade de cada paiz, as fortalezas, o numero, costumes, e commercio dos seus habitantes, as principaes dignidades Ecclesiasticas, os titulos honorificos de sua Nobreza, a serie, e acçoens mais famosas de seus Reys, e tudo o mais memoravel desta antiga, e illustre Monarchia. 

£400

Lisbon, Na Officina de Miguel Rodrigues, 1739.

Description

8vo.  (6) ff., 168 pp.  With 1 folding map of Portugal engraved by Olivarus Cor.  Contemporary calf (scuffed, head & foot of spine chipped).   Tear repaired in inner margin of map, some slight staining.

First edition.   The author traces the geography and history of Portugal from its earliest times to the mid-18th century.   He encourages agriculture, rather than commercial activities, to increase the wealth of the country.   A description of Lisbon, shortly before the earthquake, occupies pp. 74-111.   Innocêncio believed that the author’s name was a pseudonym and that the work was written by Vicente Maria, a Spaniard.   The fine folding map of Portugal, by Olivarus Cor, dated 1739, is not called for by any bibliographer.  

Innocêncio I, 214 & VII, 433.   (Cf. Ameal 1671.)  

 

01645

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