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[Lisbon Earthquake]

Plano que Sua Magestade mandou remetter ao Duque Regedor, para se regular o alinhamento das Ruas, e reedificaçaõ das casas, que se haõ de erigir nos terrenos que jazem entre a Rua Nova do Almada, e Padaria, e entre a extremidade Septentrional do Rocio, até o Terreiro do Paço exclusivamente.  (Dated 12 June 1758.)   Together with:-  Decreto pelo qual Sua Magestade amplia ao Duque Regedor a Jurisdicçaõ em todas as materias concernentes á reedificaçaõ da Cidade de Lisboa, e á nomeaçaõ dos Ministros, que devem expedir as diligencias pertencentes á dita reedificaçaõ.  (Dated 16 June 1758.) 


(Lisbon), Antonio Rodrigues Galhardo, (1758).


4to.  12 pp.  Pp. 13-16.  Wrappers.   Small wormhole in outer margin just touching 5 letters.

 “It was the earthquake that propelled Pombal to virtual absolute power which he was to retain for another twenty-two years until the king’s death in 1777.   He took quick, effective, and ruthless action to stabilize the situation . . .   No temporary rebuilding was permitted until the land was cleared and plans for new construction drawn up.   Military engineers . . . were charged with making inventories of property rights and claims, and implementing the myriad of practical decisions to assure that sanitary and levelling operation were carried out safely.   They were also charged with drawing up plans for the new city . . .  (and) developed the economical Pombaline architecture and grid of streets and the great waterfront square which make Lisbon to this day a classic example of eighteenth-century town planning” (Maxwell, Pombal, paradox of the enlightenment, p. 24).   The decree regulates the minutiae of the exact widths of the streets and pavements, the height of the houses and value of the land.   The pavements were to be bordered by small posts to prevent carriages mounting them, as they did in London (p. 4).

Marquês de Pombal.  Catálogo Bibliográfico e iconográfico,  229.  



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