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MACEDO, Antonio Sousa de

Flores de España, Excelencias de Portugal, en que brevemente se trata lo mejor de sus historias, y de todas las del mundo desde su principio hasta nuestros tiempos, y se descubren muchos cosas nuevas de provecho, y curiosidad.  Primera parte.  Followed by:  Armonia Politica dos documentos divinos com as conveniencias de Estado:  exemplar de Principes No governo dos gloriosissimos Reys de Portugal. 


Coimbra, Na Officina de Antonio Simoens Ferreyra, 1737.


4to.  (6) ff., 300 pp.;  78 pp.  Later calf (spine repaired).      Erased ownership signature and small library stamp on title page.   Small repairs to lower corners of ff. (3-5) & pp. 283-300 of first work & pp. 1-20 of second work, outer margin of title p. strengthened, two tiny holes in p. 261/262 with loss of 4 letters, otherwise a good copy.

Second edition of both works.   "(The author) wrote at the age of twenty-two Flores de España, Excelencias de Portugal (1631).   This historical work of considerable interest and importance was written in Spanish por ser mais universal" (Bell, Portuguese Literature).   Fidelino de Figueiredo (História Literária de Portugal, p. 262-63) considered Armonia Politica to be a work of lasting value and compared it to a vade mecum for princes who endeavour to reconcile the dictates of religion with the political necessities of their rule.   As a diplomat, statesman and writer, Sousa de Macedo was among the most important and influential figures of the Portuguese Restoration;  he was Secretary of the Embassy and Minister in London (1642-46) and Secretary of State to Afonso VI.  

Innocêncio I, 276 & 277.  Azevedo Samodães 3263 "rara".  Palha 2778, "livre très estimé et vanté par des écrivains autorisés, à cause de la profonde érudition que son auteur y a révélée."  Ameal 2300.  Pinto de Mattos 539. 



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