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Description de la Ville de Lisbonne, où l'on traite de la cour, de Portugal, de la Langue Portugaise, & des Moeurs des Habitans; du Governement, des Revenus du Roi, & de ses Forces par Mer & par Terre; des Colonies Portugaises, & du Commerce de cette Capitale.  

£480

Paris, Pierre Prault, 1730.

Description

Small 8vo.  (13) ff., 268 pp., (4) ff. with "catalogue des livres."  Later quarter calf (lacking label, some wear to head of spine).  

An important and interesting description of Lisbon before the earthquake of 1755.   "One of the best brief descriptions of Portugal in the reign of Dom João V" (Boxer, The Golden Age of Brazil 1695-1750).   The anonymous author was writing at a time when the importation of gold bullion from Brazil was nearing its apex, and when a large part of Portuguese commerce was in the hands of English traders, provoking envy among other nations.   He describes the buildings, manners and customs, religious processions, daily life of the inhabitants, the process of government, the revenues of the Court, the armed forces, and Portugal's trade with her colonies.   Pp. 210-268 are concerned with the commerce with Brazil, smuggling, and the slave trade.   Another issue exists printed in Amsterdam, Pierre Humbert, 1730.

Rodrigues, Bibliotheca Brasiliense, 1467.  Not in Brunet or Borba de Moraes.  Not in Kress or Goldsmith cat.     

01786

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