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SEABRA da SILVA, José (attibuted to)

Deducção Chronologica, e Analytica.  Parte primeira, na qual se manifestão pela successiva serie de cada hum dos Reynados da Monarquia Portugueza, que decorrêrão desde o Governo do Senhor Rey D. João III. até o presente, os horrorosos estragos, que a Companhia denominada de Jesus fez em Portugal, e todos seus Dominios, por hum Plano, e Systema por Ella inalteravelmente seguido desde que entrou neste Reyno, até que foi delle proscripta, e expulsa pela justa, sabia, e providente Ley de 3. de Setembro de 1759. Dada à luz pelo Doutor Jozeph de Seabra da Sylva . . . para servir de instrucção, e fazer parte do recurso, que o mesmo Ministro interpoz, e se acha pendente na Real Presença do dito Senhor, sobre a indispensaval necessidade, que insta pela urgente Reparação de algumas das mais attendiveis entre as Ruinas, cuja existencia se acha deturpando a Authoridade Regia, e opprimindo o Publico Socego.   3 vols. 

£800

Lisbon, Officina de Miguel Manescal da Costa, 1767-68.

Description

4to.  I: (4) ff., viii, 566 pp., (1) f.;  II: (2) ff., xvi, 260 pp., (1) f. with separate title, 59 pp. (new title p. on p. 169);  III: (8) ff., 312 pp.  Title pp. in red & black.  Contemporary calf (rebacked).   Some faint staining in Vol. I.

First edition of this weighty and influential book which attacked the Jesuits.   Its repercussions resounded throughout Europe, fuelling anti-Jesuit hatred and even criticising the Papacy for its complacency and tolerance of the Order.   It was probably written mainly by the Marquis of Pombal himself, and edited by José de Seabra da Silva.   Pombal argued that the Jesuits had been responsible for Portugal's decline, in the fields of commerce, education, and naval power, that their influence in political power was malevolent, and that they had created discord between the Crown and the church, between the King and his subjects.   Palha states that a large section of the manuscript, in Pombal's own hand and corrected by him, still exists in the National Library of Lisbon (Colecção Pombalina No. 444).   The book was rapidly translated into Spanish, Latin, French and Italian.   José de Seabra da Silva rose to be Minister of State under Pombal, was later disgraced and banished to Africa, on Pombal's fall he was pardoned by Maria I, and became Minister of Home Affairs, to fall into disgrace again during João VI's regency.  

Innocêncio II, 130 & V, 121.   Borba de Moraes (1983) II, 808.  Palha 2523, "ouvrage estimé."  Figanière 1313.  Rodrigues 2224-2226.  Welsh 1428.  

 

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