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[GARRETT, João Baptista de Silva Leitão de Almeida (Visconde de Almeida Garrett)]

Portugal na balança da Europa; do que tem sido e do que ora lhe convem ser na nova ordem de coisas do mundo civilizado.


London, S.W. Sustenance, impresso por R. Greenlaw, 1830.


Small 4to.  xv, 338 (1) pp.  Near contemporary quarter calf (front joint starting to split).   Some very occasional spotting.

First edition.   Almeida Garrett, the celebrated and flamboyant poet and dramatist, then in self-imposed exile in London, threw himself into promoting the liberal cause in Portugal.   He had become secretary to the Duke of Palmella in 1829, and wrote articles for O Chaveco Liberal and other periodicals.   In this work he contests the view that Portugal was unprepared for liberty and proposed a federation of peninsular states in which the country would be a free and independent nation.   The French revolution of 1830 had changed the political scene in Europe, obliging the émigrés to adopt a more moderate tone in order to defeat the reactionary supporters of D. Miguel, and led to Garrett’s writing Portugal na balança da Europa.   “According to Amorim (Garrett, memórias bibliographicas, I, p. 502) the change in British public opinion regarding the Portuguese liberals owes much to Garrett’s Portugal na balança da Europa, a selection of some previously printed newspaper articles” (José Baptista de Sousa, Almeida Garrett (1799-1854), founder of Portuguese romanticism: a study in Anglo-Portuguese cultural interaction, p. 132).    With the ownership stamp of J. Biker and the ex-libris of J.G. Mazziotti Salema Garção.  

Innocêncio III, 314, “rara.”   Palha 3684, “ouvrage rare et très recherché.”   Azevedo-Samodães 103, “muito estimada, rara.”   Monteverde 113, “raro.”  



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