Marilia de Dirceo. Parte I. Nova edicção.
Lisbon, Na Typografia Lacerdina, 1811.
12mo. 226 pp. Recent leather, preserving original calf label.
"Thomas Antonio Gonzaga (1744-1807?) was a judge at Bahia when he was accused of taking part in the Republican conspiracy of Minas Geraes (1789), and after three years' imprisonment was deported (1792) to Mozambique, where he died several years after his sentence had expired. . . His lyras . . collected under the title A Marilia de Dirceo . . are graceful lyrics of an idyllic character" (Bell, Portuguese Literature, p. 279). Borba de Moraes writes that, from the point of view of the accuracy of the text, this 1811 edition is the "fundamental" one of the poet's work, which served as a model for subsequent ones, and he confirms what the writer of the "Advertencia" informs the reader, that "by means of exhaustive labours and long periods of time we undertook the task of searching out the most authentic and reliable Copies, some even in the Writer's own hand; and after an extensive examination we assembled them . . replacing many other lyrics, multiplicity of lines, and even an infinity of misplaced words . . from other editions." Part I has 37 poems, and Part II, beginning on p. (123) and with 38 poems, ends on p. 221, a sonnet appears on p. 222, and the index of the lyrics and the errata occupy pp. 223 to the end. Innocêncio VII, 322. Borba de Moraes (1983) I, 362 & Bibliogr. Brasileira do Periódo Colonial, 167. Rodrigues 1134. Pinto de Mattos p. 313.