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MACEDO, José Agostinho de

Newton.  Poema.  Segunda edição, correcta e aumentada.


Lisbon, Na Impressão Regia, 1815.


Small 8vo.  151 pp., with a portrait of Newton engraved by Fontes as frontispiece.  Boards.   Some pencilled annotations.   

Macedo believed that Newton as a scientist had conferred greater benefits on humanity than many a great conqueror.   This second edition is considerably corrected and enlarged, and includes a lengthy and spirited introduction in which the poet debates whether physics can be expressed in poetry, and expresses his intention to extend poetic boundaries to embrace science.   “Um dos seus raros textos que conserva pelo seu questionamento científico algum interesse” (Álvaro Manuel Machado, Dicionário de literatura portuguesa, p. 289).   According to Innocêncio Macedo presented a finely-bound copy of his poem to Sir Charles Stuart, then Britannic Ambassador to Lisbon, but much to his indignation, instead of extravagant praise in return he received no more than a courteous letter of thanks.  

Innocêncio IV, 186;  Memórias da Vida Íntima de José Agostinho de Macedo, 201.   Azevedo-Samodães 1903.   Soares, História da gravura artística em Portugal, 1018.  



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