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PONA, Antonio de Paiva e

Orphanologia practica em que se descreve tudo o que respeita aos Inventarios, partilhas, e mais dependencias dos pupillos, com varias materias aos mesmos pertencentes.  Obra breve, mas muito util naõ só para os Juizes, e Advogados, mas tambem para os Illiterados Partidores, e os mais que conhecem, e intervem nas ditas partilhas . . .   Agora novamente correcta, addicionada, e emendada dos muitos erros da passada impressaõ . . por Manoel Antonio Monteiro de Campos, e á sua custa impresso.   Followed by:-  Epilogo I. desta mesma orphanologia practica.  Followed by:-  Orphanologia practica.  Parte II.


Lisbon, Manoel Antonio Monteiro, 1759.


Small folio.  (8) ff., 180 pp.;  50 pp.;  141 pp.  Contemporary calf, spine gilt.   Ownership signature on front free end-paper.   Some ff. discoloured, small piece torn from outer margin of f. (8) & p. 163/164 & lower margin of p. 77/78 of third part, short tear repaired  in lower margin of p. 169/170 of first part.

The work is chiefly concerned with the administration of the orphans’ inheritance.   Legislation decreed that municipal councils must provide for the care and upbringing of orphans.   The duties of the juiz dos órfões (legal guardian of the interests of orphans) extended to supervising the orphans, administering the estates of the deceased, and appointing a tutor or guardian for a two-year period for orphan boys under fourteen and girls under twelve.   A guardian was usually appointed to care for the orphan and administer his or her estate until the child came of age, and to ensure that he or she was adequately fed.   The money and jewellery belonging to the estates of minors were to be kept in a special chest locked with three keys.   Male orphans might be apprenticed at 14 years of age, and females at 12.   Included are provisions for the illegitimate children of priests.   The work first appeared in 1713, this second edition having been updated.    

Innocêncio I, 218.   WorldCat. lists 2 copies only of this edition.



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