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[MOURA, José Joaquim Ferreira de]

A abolição do Companhia do Alto Douro igoalmente necessaria ao Productor em Portugal e ao Consumidor em Inglaterra, dada a luz pelo editor do Padre Amaro.


London, R. Greenlaw, 1826.


Small 4to.  (3) ff., 168 pp. (should be 170 pp., page numbers of 79-80 duplicated.)    Original wrappers (lacking spine).   Copy partly unopened.

First edition.   In the controversy surrounding the continued existence of the Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro (the Douro Winegrowers’ Company) the author criticizes the policies of the Company’s creator, the Marquis of Pombal, who established its many privileges and monopolies, and states that the increase in the production of port wine over the previous 70 years owed nothing to the existence of the Companhia do Alto Douro, but to increased consumption of port wine by the British public.   He quotes extensively from recent works written on the subject.   Authorship has been attributed to Joaquim José Ferreira de Freitas, editor of the journal, O Padre Amaro, but the second edition of 1832 states that it was written by José Joaquim Ferreira de Moura, a noted liberal whose views had obliged him to seek exile in England in 1823-29.   The work was translated into English and printed as The abolition of the General Company for the Cultivation of the Vines in the Upper Douro shown to be equally advantageous to the English as the consumers, and to the Portuguese as the growers of the port wine (London: J.M. Richardson 1826), priced at 10 shillings.  

Innocêncio IV, 79  & 388 (& cf. VI, 196).   Not in Simon, Bibl. Vinaria.   (Cf. Goldsmiths'-Kress library of economic literature, no. 24907 for English version.)  



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