Livro do Vinde, e Vede, e do Sermam do dia do Juizo Universal, em que se chama todos os viventes para virem, e verem Humas leves sombras do ultimo dia o mais tremendo, e rigoroso do mundo. Offerecido ao Serenissimo senhor D. Pedro Infante de Portugal . . .
Lisbon, Na Officina de Antonio Vicente da Silva, 1758.
Small 4to. (11) ff., 255 pp., (1) p. with errata. Contemporary calf (corners bumped, some traces of worming in back cover). Some ink annotations & some very occasional spotting, some traces of marginal worming in pp. 63-130, in lower margin of pp. 143-158 & 182-204 & upper margin of pp. 189-(256), lacks back free endpaper.
The Livro do Vinde e Vede is today highly prized by literary historians of São Paulo, according to Borba de Moraes, as a sermon written in the melodramatic style so fashionable in the 18th century, and is the priest’s only sermon to have survived in print. Borba de Moraes further states that in this fiery oration on the Day of Judgment the author writes on p. 15 of a dungeon in the fortress of Santos where prisoners were kept awaiting sentence, and which was so terrible that many of them petitioned to be condemned to death immediately rather than await judgment there. On p. 17 he writes of the grim subterranean prison in the fortress of the Ilha das Cobras where previously Jews condemned by the Inquisition to be burned at the stake were incarcerated. He compares both these prisons to Hell’s torments. However, Father Sequeira was not entirely accurate as Jews arrested in Brazil were sent back to Lisbon to be judged and condemned there to such penalties as the Inquisition thought appropriate.
Borba de Moraes II, 789, “very rare” & Periódo Colonial, 339. Bosch, Brasilien-Bibliothek, 214. Sacramento Blake I, 90. Innocêncio VIII, 66. Gauz, Portuguese and Brazilian Books in the John Carter Brown Library 1537-1839, 758/21. Not in Rodrigues.