Vida do Infante Dom Duarte Pelo Mestre . . Mandada publicar pela Academia Real das Sciencias de Lisboa
Lisbon, Na Offic. da Academia Real das Sciencias, 1789.
4to. (4) ff., 63 pp. Recent quarter calf.
First edition. At the tender age of 21 in 1542 D. Duarte (1521-1543), the natural son of King João III of Portugal and Isabel Moniz, known as “O Carranca,” became Archbishop of Braga. Bell describes the work as “this little sketch of a few pages is a little masterpiece in which the vignettes . . of the boatman and his figs, or the meal in the mill, must ever retain their vividness and charm. Resende had been the prince’s tutor and writes of what he saw; he shows he could decipher a person’s character as keenly as a Latin inscription . . . Lúcio André de Rezende (1493?-1573), friend of Goes, Clenardus, and Erasmus, left the Dominican convent of Bemfica . . in order to study abroad, at Salamanca, Paris, and Louvain . . living in his house . . at Evora among his books and coins . . he exercised a considerable influence on the writers of his time and was held in high esteem by the Emperor Charles V and by King João III . . .” (Portuguese Literature, p. 215). “Resende . . derived evident pleasure from his brief Vida do Infante Dom Duarte and conveys his pleasure to the reader at every turn” (Portugal and Brazil. An introduction, ed. Livermore, p. 124). With the gold stamp of A.G. Guimarães Quinta do Salgueiral on the title page, and the book plate of John Bury.
Innocêncio I, 67, “traz uma prefação de José Corrêa da Serra, que foi o encarregado de dirigir esta edição, feita sobre uma cópia que existia no collegio dos Benedictinos de Coimbra, e que à Academia franqueou o seu sócio Fr. Joaquim de Sancta Clara . . .”