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LIMA BEZERRA, Manoel Gomes de

Os Estrangeiros no Lima: ou conversaçoens eruditas Sobre varios pontos de Historia Ecclesiastica, Civil, Litteraria, Natural, Genealogica, Antiguidades, Geographia, Agricultura, Commercio, Artes, e Sciencias.  Com Huma Descripçaõ de todas as Villas, Freguezias, e Lugares notaveis da Ribeira Lima, suas producçoens, industria, fabricas, edificios, familias nobres, filhos illustres em virtudes, armas ou letras; e com a Nobiliarchia Portugueza de Villasboas illustrada com todos os escudos de armas dos appellidos das Familias do Reino por ordem alfabetica, e huma breve noticia das Casas, que ha no mesmo Reino, dos ditos appellidos, sem serem Titulares.  

£3200

Coimbra, Na Real Officina da Universidade, 1785-1791.

Description

Small 4to.  2 vols.  I: (6) ff., 437, (1) pp. (with errors in pagination), with 3 engraved plates (2 folding);  II: viii, 357, (1) pp., with engraved frontispiece & 3 folding engraved plates.  Contemporary calf, spines gilt.    Occasional marginalia and some slight staining in end ff. of Vol. II.   Slit repaired in inner margin of Vol. I, f. (5) & p. 149/150 due to paper fault, otherwise a good copy.  

A fine copy of the rare first edition of one of the principal works of the Portuguese enlightenment.   Written in the form of a dialogue between five “foreigners,” one French, one Italian, one English, one Spanish and one Portuguese, the book discusses ideas then fashionable, to encourage industry and commerce, to increase agricultural production and on Portuguese antiquities and noble families.   As a physician and surgeon in Porto, the author was actively engaged in disseminating medical knowledge in Portugal, and was instrumental in founding the country's early medical societies, including the Real Academia Cirúrgica Prototipo Lusitano in Porto in 1748 and establishing the first medical journals.   Further projected volumes were never published.  

The author was elected as an honorary member of the Sociedade Económica de Ponte de Lima.   The engraved plates depict the “foreigners” debating, views of Santa Marinha de Arcozelo, Santa Combo de Lima, Viana de Castelo and 2 plates with family crests.   With the bookplate of Ruy Dique Travassos Valdez.

Innocêncio V, 445, “estimados e raros, sendo-o o segundo volume muito mais que o primeiro” & XVI, 222, “obra mui estimada e procurada.”   Palha 2739, “rare et estimé.”   Soares, História da Gravura Artística em Portugal, I, 399.   Welsh 1789.  

 

01499

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