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FREITAS, Bernardino José de Senna

Uma viagem ao Valle das Furnas na Ilha de S. Miguel em junho de 1840


Lisbon, Imprensa Nacional, 1845.


Folio.  xvi, 105 pp.   With 3 lithographed plates & vignettes on title p. & pp. 19, 27, 66, 76, 82, 90 & 94.  Printed within ornamental border.   Contemporary half calf, original printed blue wrappers bound in, spine gilt (head of spine defective).  

An attractive publication and a rare work.   The author traces the history of the Azores from the 16th century and describes the hot volcanic springs of the spectacular Furnas valley in São Miguel, its inhabitants and agriculture.   He gives an analysis of the waters and a description of the house and gardens of Thomas Hickling, the American consul whose father helped to popularize the islands, and which he illustrates with an engraving (p. 66).   Senna Freitas was an official of the Ministry of Marine and Overseas Affairs, born in Brazil, and according to Innocêncio was a prolific author.   The Descripção inédita da Furnas da Ilha de S. Miguel was first printed here on pp. 97-105, being an excerpt from Saudades da terra, ou historia das ilhas dos Açores desde o seu descobrimento by the 16th century historian and cleric, Gaspar Fructuoso, a work that remained in manuscript until 1873.  

Innocêncio I, 365;  VIII, 385 & IX, 414).   Canto, Bibliotheca Açoriana, 243.   Sacramento Blake I, 406.   Not in Borba de Moraes.   OCLC lists 1 copy only as does COPAC.


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