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[SÁ, José Antonio de]

Defeza dos Direitos Nacionaes e Reaes da Monarquia Portugueza.  Segunda Edição, corrigida, e consideravelmente accrescentada.  2 vols.  


Lisbon, Na Impressão Regia, 1816.


Small 4to.  I: (21) ff., including 3 engraved dedicatory ff., LXI (1 blank), 262 pp., 3 plates;  II: (4) ff., XXIV, 426 pp., vignettes on title pp. of both vols.  Later half calf.   Short marginal tear repaired in Vol. I, p. 189-190, some spotting on Vol. II, p. 1, otherwise internally a fine copy.

A beautifully printed book illustrated by two of the best engravers of the day.   The author was an ardent patriot and monarchist;  he defends the rights of D. João VI, who on the death of his mother, Da. Maria, had recently ascended to the Portuguese throne, against those of the liberals influenced by French republican ideas.    The second volume reproduces documents supporting his arguments.   The work first appeared in a shorter version in 1810 entitled Demonstração analytica dos barbaros e inauditos procedimentos adoptadas como meio de justiça pelo Imperador dos Francezes para a usurpação do throno da serenissima Casa de Bragança, e da real coroa de Portugal, without the engraved plates, one of which is dated 1817 and the other 1818.   According to Innocêncio the book attracted sarcastic comments from José Agostinho de Macedo, journalist, priest, author and poet.

Innocêncio IV, 247.  Azevedo-Samodães 2926, "interessante e muito estimada."  Monteverde 4688.   Soares, Gravura Artística em Portugal, 283 & 1590. 



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