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[MELLO, Francisco Manuel de]

Carta de Guia de Casados, y Avisos para Palacios.


Madrid, Benito Cano, 1786.


16mo.  (32) ff., 272 pp.  Recent calf.   Occasional slight staining in lower margin.  Tear repaired in lower margins of 7 ff. just touching 5 letters.

The well-printed Spanish edition by Benito Cano.   Edgar Prestage describes the ‘Carta de Guia de Casados’ as being Melo’s most personal work, with its homely philosophy, good sense and amusing and appropriate anecdotes, written in an unadorned style (D. Francisco Manuel de Mello; esboco biographico, pp. 257-8).   “The aristocratic Melo is, with Quevedo, the greatest writer of his generation in the Iberian peninsula” (‘Oxford Companion to Spanish Literature’).   It was the first work that Mello published in Portuguese, when over forty years of age, his writings having previously been in Spanish.  

Palau 160467.   This edition not in Innocêncio, Azevedo-Samodães, Palha or Ameal.      



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