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[LACERDA, Fernando Correia de]

Catastrophe de Portugal, na deposição d'El Rei D. Affonso Sexto, subrogação do Principe D. Pedro o Unico, justificada nas calamidades publicas, Escrita para justificaçaõ dos Portugueses, por Leandro Dorea Caceres e Faria.


Lisbon, Miguel Manescal, 1669.


Small 4to.  267, (l) pp.  Later calf (spine gilt).   Ownership signature on title p.   Some slight staining, small wormhole in upper inner margin of pp. 77-144, small hole repaired in p. 235/36.

First edition of this interesting and informative, but biased, book on 17th century Portugal.   According to the author, the “catastrophe” was caused by the king, D. Afonso VI;  irresponsible and physically deformed, he ascended to the throne in 1662 but after five troubled years was deposed in favour of his brother, D. Pedro II.   Lacerda hid his authorship behind a pseudonym and published this libel against D. Afonso, accusing him of "bad natural indolence."   He was appointed D. Pedro’s Secretary of State and later became Bishop of Porto. 

Innocêncio II, 272.  Brunet II, 297, "fort recherché en Portugal."  Azevedo-Samadões 906, "Apreciada, pouco vulgar."  Palha 3300, "estimé." 



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