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VIEIRA, Antonio

Arte de Furtar, Espelho de Enganos, Theatro de Verdades, Mostrador de horas minguadas, gazua geral dos Reynos de Portugal.  Offerecida a ElRey Nosso Senhor D.  Joaõ IV . . .  De novo reimpressa, e offerecida ao Illmo Sr F.B.M. Targini, Visconde de Sm Lourenço, Thesoureiro Mor do Erario do Rio de Janeiro, e Patricio do Estado.

£280

London, Na Oficina de T.C. Hansard, 1820.

Description

Small 4to.  xiv, (2), 428 pp.  With engraved portrait of Padre Antonio Vieira as frontispiece & vignette on title p.  Later calf (rebacked, spine laid down).   Bound for Sir William Stirling-Maxwell, noted Spanish scholar and bibliophile, with his arms stamped on the front and back covers, and his bookplate.   Earlier ownership signature of J. Viseu on front free endpaper.   Faint foxing on engraved portrait.  

Borba de Moraes writes, “Innocêncio I / 308 writes: ‘This edition, undoubtedly the most elegant and best printed of all published so far, bears on the frontispiece a kind of medallion with Targini’s portrait encircled with the hangman’s noose, the allusion of which is manifest and well suited to the irony of the dedication . . .  The following epigraph appears below the portrait: “Such a pirate . . . Made wealthy by the work of others”.’   This edition is believed to have been ordered by Hippolyto da Costa as an attack on Targini.   It is rare and sought after.”   As the Treasurer of State Funds Francisco Bento Maria Targini, Visconde de São Lourenço, though well versed in financial matters, gained the reputation for dishonesty and of illegally enriching himself, and Hipolito da Costa attacked him savagely in various numbers of the periodical printed in London, Correio Braziliense.   According to Bell the work, Arte de Furtar, presents a “curious and amusing treatise on the noble art of thieving in all kinds, private and official, civil and military.   Its anecdotes are racy . . .” (Portuguese literature, p. 265).   The authorship has long been disputed and has now been definitely attributed to Father Manuel da Costa (1601-1667) (see Serafim Leite, História da Companhia de Jesus no Brasil, IX, p. 322, Francisco Rodrigues, S.J., O autor da Arte de furtar. Resolução de um antigo problema, p. 11 and Arte de Furtar:  Manuel da Costa; ed. crítica, com introdução e notas de Roger Bismut, p. 16 and ff.).  

Borba de Moraes II, 921.   Innocêncio I, 308, “esta edição, que é sem dúvida a mais elegante e bem impessa de todas as que até agora se publicaram, traz no frontispício . . o retrato de Targini, circumdado por uma laçada de corda, cuja allusão é manifesta, e bem condiz com a ironia da dedicatoria, tendo por baixo a letra Ære perennius.”   Monteverde 5551, “boa edição e estimada.”   Palha 397.   This edition not in COPAC.   Porbase lists 1 copy only.

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