Dissertações philosophico-politicas sobre o Trato das Sedas na Comarca de Moncorvo.
Lisbon, Offic. da Academia Real das Sciencias, 1787.
Small 4to. (4) ff., XIII pp., (1) f., 175 pp. With 1 folding plate of a silk-weaving loom. Half calf. Lacks front free endpaper & half-title p., signature V slightly discoloured.
An interesting and curious early work on silk manufacture in Torre de Moncorvo. The author, who was a director of the Royal Silk Factory and was made "juiz conservador" of the Real Companhia de Fiação e Tecidos de Seda, founded in 1802, traces the history of silk production in many countries, encourages the cultivation of silkworms in Portugal, and gives detailed instructions for rearing silkworms and producing silk. The book was published by the newly founded Royal Academy of Sciences, then actively promoting agricultural and industrial development in Portugal.
Innocencio IV, 246, "obra curiosa para o estudo d'este ramo da industria em Portugal."