Historia de los movimientos, y separasion de Cataluña, y de la Guerra entre La Magestad Catolica de Don Felipe el Cuarto Rey de Castilla, y de Aragon, y la Deputacion General de aquel Principado . . . Escrita por Clemente Libertino.
Lisbon, Bernardo da Costa de Carvalho, 1696.
8vo. (4), 165 ff. Near contemporary calf, recent red labels (new end-papers). Occasional marginalia. Tear in lower margin of f. 162. Some occasional spotting with loss of 5 letters on f. 22, a few pp. discoloured, lower corner of f. 102 repaired, small hole on ff. 113 & 120 due to paper fault.
A “classic of Spanish literature . . . No literary figure in Portugal of the seventeenth century, few in the Peninsula, can rank with D. Francisco Manuel de Mello (1608-66)” (Prestage, Portuguese Literature, p. 252). Francisco Manuel de Melo had pursued a military career since the age of 17 and was appointed a commander of the Spanish forces sent to quell the Catalan insurrection in 1640. On returning to Portugal he was imprisoned by D. João IV for unknown reasons, and there, deprived of his papers which had been confiscated when he was arrested, he wrote his Historia, emphasising his role as an eye-witness to events. The work first appeared in 1645, this being the third edition. “His history is a remarkable analysis of contemporary Catalan realities for its impressive ecumenism, its authorial integrity . . . its moral rectitude and its aspirations to a harmonious and orderly social structure” (Eduardo Mayone Dias, ‘Dom Francisco Manuel de Melo: a Portuguese view of Catalonia in 1640’ in Portuguese Studies, vol. 6 (1990), p. 124-25).
Innocêncio II, 439. Garcia Peres 366, “joya de la Literatura Hispana.” Pinto de Mattos 371. Monteverde 3337. Arouca, Bibliografia das obras impressas em Portugal no séc. XVII, III, 218. Azevedo-Samodães 2049A , “edição estimada e rara.” Salvá 3045.