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PORTUGAL, José Miguel João de (Marquês de Valença)

Vida do Infante D. Luiz


Lisbon, Antonio Isidoro da Fonseca, 1735.


4to.  (29) ff., 196 pp.  With a fine engraved portrait of Dom Luiz and vignettes on title p., f. (3) recto & p. 1 by Debrie.  Contemporary sprinkled calf.   With the book plate of John Bury.   Slit repaired in outer margin of p. 115, otherwise a fine copy of a well-printed book.

The second surviving son of King Manuel I, Manuel the Fortunate, D. Luís (1506-1555) was, according to contemporary sources, a cultured and intelligent prince.   He commanded the Portuguese forces in 1535 which captured Tunis from the forces of the Ottoman admiral, Barbarossa, together with the Spanish troops of his brother in law, the Emperor Charles V.   He was proposed as a husband of Queen Mary Tudor, but he never married.   The author was an official of D. João V’s council, a member of the Portuguese Royal Academy of History, and wrote several other poetical and historical works.  

Innocêncio V, 74.   Soares, História da Gravura artística em Portugal I, 670 & 693.  


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