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SOYÉ, Luiz Rafael

Sonho.  Poema erotico, que as beneficas mãos do Nosso Augusto, e Amabilissimo Principe do Brasil offerece . . . 


Lisbon, Na. Offic. Patr. de Francisco Luiz Ameno, 1786.


Small 8vo.  lxxxviii, 125pp., with engraved frontispiece, vignette on the title p. & 16 coloured vignettes.  Contemporary calf.   P. 88 misnumbered 85, small wormhole in gutter margin of pp. xlv-14, just touching text in 2 ff. but not detracting from it, & in lower margin of pp. 29-38.

The work is most notable for the attractive portrait and charming engravings by Debrie, Le Bouteux, Quillard and others printed in blue and brown that illustrate it.   Born in Madrid and educated in Portugal, Soyé entered the Franciscan Order, and was sent by the Portuguese authorities to Paris with instructions to buy good books for the recently inaugurated Lisbon Public Library.   He later sailed to Rio de Janeiro where he gained influential friends and became secretary to the Academy of Fine Arts.    Innocêncio considered the prologue to be learned, and commented that some critics commended its literary merits and versification and the graceful simplicity of its pastoral scenes.   He tells the sad story of how on 12 November 1831 the poet's body was found, already beginning to decompose;  he had expired a few days previously in Rio de Janeiro, having been confined to his bed suffering from paralysis, and had been abandoned by his only companion, a slave.   Some copies apparently include a second portrait, not present here   From the libraries of Victor d’Avila Perez & António Cupertino de Miranda.

Innocêncio V, 317.   Palha 876.   Monteverde 5346.   Ameal 2325, “muito apreciado.”   Gauz, Portuguese and Brazilian Books in the John Carter Brown Library 1537 to 1839, 786/6.   Soares, História da gravura artística em Portugal,  1138.  Sacramento Blake V, 457.  



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