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[TAVARES, José da Silva]

Lições elementares de Geographia e Chronologia, com seu atlas appropriado, accommodadas ao estado de conhecimentos e mais circumstancias dos alumnos da aula de Arithmetica, Geometria, Geographia e Chronologia do Real Collegio das Artes da Universidade de Coimbra.


Coimbra, Na Real Imprensa da Universidade, 1830.


4to.  (2) ff., 92 pp, with 3 folding engraved plates of an armillary sphere, movement of the planets & geometrical diagrams.  Quarter calf (head of spine worn).   Some very occasional spotting.

An interesting insight into early 19th century Portuguese education.   The author describes physical geography, the theories of political geography, types of government, indicating the "despots," constitutional and absolute monarchies, races, occupations and religions, the different continents and countries and their characteristics, and the calculation of time.   He calls attention to the importance of scientific studies, which he believes to have been sadly neglected.   According to Innocêncio the textbook was adopted by the Royal College of Arts of Coimbra where Father Silva Tavares taught for some years.

Innocêncio V, 133.  



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