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OTTONI, José Eloi

Parafraze dos Proverbios de Salomao em verso portuguez, dedicada ao Serenissimo Principe da Beira Nosso Senhor. 


Bahia, Na Typographia de Manoel Antonio da Silva Serva, 1815.


Small 8vo. VII, 8-356 pp.  Near contemporary calf.  Lacks front & back endpapers.  A few ink stains in upper margins of pp. 9-64

Sylvio Romero (História da literatura brasileira, II, pp. 192 & 194) comments that Ottoni had considerable talent, and his versions of old biblical poetry were the finest written by a Brazilian poet.   Ottoni was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1764.   After having taught Latin in Brazil he served as secretary to the Portuguese Embassy in Madrid until the French Napoleonic invasion when, on returning to Brazil, he became a clerk in the Customs service.   He again sailed to Portugal, before finally returning to Brazil in 1825 where he was appointed as an official in the Navy department (see Berber de Castro, A primeira impressão da Bahia e suas publicações.  Tipografia de Manuel Antonio da Silva Serva, pp. 118-19).   Silva Serva, an energetic Portuguese merchant, established the first commercial printing press in 1811 in Salvador in Brazil, his being the second press to function officially in that country, with the encouragement of the governor of the Capitania, the Conde dos Arcos.   His press issued mainly popular works.   Renato Berber de Castro states that he had been unable to trace a copy of a phantom first edition of 1813.  

Borba de Moraes (1983) II, 640 &  Bibliogr. Brasileira do Periódo Colonial, 271.  Rodrigues 1820.  Innocêncio IV, 310.   Renato Berber de Castro, A primeira impressão da Bahia, 63.   Sacramento Blake IV, 410. 



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