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NEVES, José Accursio das

Noções historicas, economicas, e administrativas sobre a producção, e manufactura das sedas em Portugal, e particularmente sobre a Real Fabrica do suburbio do Rato e suas annexas.


Lisbon, Na Impressão Regia, 1827.


Small 8vo.  VII, 405 pp., (1) f.  Later calf (some wear to head of spine).   Ownership stamps on title p., pp. 1 & 15, some pencilled annotations.

First edition of this detailed and well-documented history of silk production in Portugal, with special emphasis of that of the Royal Silk Factory.   The factory was established in 1735 and by 1745 it was already running at a loss, but was revived under Pombal.   "In 1757 the junta do comércio took over the bankrupt silk factory in the Lisbon suburb of Rato.   The factory had been founded during the thirties by Cardinal da Mota and two French entrepreneurs, Robert Godin and Sibert.   Capital had been raised, a company formed, and a large building constructed.   The early years had been difficult and during the forties the company’s deficits were considerable.   The royal takeover placed the junta do comércio  in supreme control . .   Instead of large capital expenditure on plant and equipment such as undertaken at the foundation of the silk factory of Rato, (Pombal) had seen industrial concentrations grow from individual units where initially a small outlay only had been necessary and returns immediate . . independent producers were integrated with the factory for marketing and dependent on it for their supply of raw materials" (Maxwell, Conflicts and Conspiracies: Brazil & Portugal 1750-1808, p. 51-52).   It recommenced activities again in 1814.  

Innocêncio IV, 182 & VIII, 405.   Azevedo-Samodães 30.   



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