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FREIRE, Francisco José

Reflexões sobre a lingua portugueza, escriptas por . . .  Publicadas com algumas annotações pela Sociedade Propagadora dos Conhecimentos Uteis.  (Parts I – III.)   (Vol. 2 of Collecção de Inéditos publicados pela Sociedade Propagadora dos Conhecimentos Uteis).


Lisbon, Typographia das Sociedade Propagadora dos Conhecimentos Uteis, 1842.


8vo.  xxiv, 181 pp., (1) f.; 185 pp., (1) f.; 140 pp., (2) ff.  Contemporary quarter calf.   Some slight spotting, otherwise a good copy.

Printed some hundred years after it was written and edited by the Indo-Portuguese scholar, Joaquim Heliodoro da Cunha Rivara, this is the first edition of a notable 18th century work on the Portuguese language.   Known usually by his literary name of Cândido Lusitano, the author's aim was to liberate written Portuguese from foreign influences.   Each part is followed by lengthy and erudite notes which complement and enhance the importance of the work, and the work contains a preface by Cunha Rivara with a brief biography of Freire and comments on the text.  

Innocêncio II, 409.   Pinto de Mattos 282, “livro estimado e muito consultado”.   



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