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Richard C. Ramer

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Relaçam breve, e muy verdadeira da grande, e maravilhosa victoria que Deos Nosso Senhor foy servido dar, aos moradores da Ilha do Corvo, contra dez poderosas Naos de Turcos, q[ue] a ellà forà pera a roubar, & cativar.

PIRATES]. Folio (33.8 x 21.5 cm.), early nineteenth-century buckram with title in gilt on front cover. Caption title. Woodcut of an armed knight on horseback on first leaf recto. Woodcut initial, also on first leaf recto. Printed on much older laid paper, somewhat browned but not brittle. In good condition. [2 ll.]. *** LIMITED EDITION-One of 60 unjustified copies of this facsimile reprint, produced at the behest of Eugénio do Canto. The number of copies and origins of this facsimile are explained in a manuscript presentation inscription by Eugénio do Canto in the copy at the Oliveira Lima Library. The "Turcos" referred to were likely from Algeria or Morocco.*** Arouca R174 (probably referring to facsimiles in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal). Ernesto do Canto, Bibliotheca açoriana 2371 (referring to the original): "Tão rara que não se conhece exemplar algum em logar determinado." Figanière, Bibliographia historica portugueza 1656 (appears never to have seen a copy, having taken the reference from a manuscript). Martins de Carvalho, Dicionário bibliografico militar, p. 233. Iberian Books B68959 [57612]. See Carlos Guilherme.Riley and João Saramago, Relação breve da grande e maravilhosa vitória dos moradores da ilha do Corvo contra des poderosas naus de Turcos (Corvo: Câmara Municipal, 1993). Porbase locates five copies of this facsimile edition: one in the Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo, and three in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, and another in the Biblioteca João Paulo II-Universidade Católica Portuguesa. No edition located in Jisc. KVK (51 databases searched) locates only copies cited in Porbase, and those in the Biblioteca Nacional de España.
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Tendo determinado por Decreto de vinte e nove de Dezembro de mil oitocentos e hum, que se puzesse em exacta, e rigorosa observancia o Alvará de vinte e quatro de Dezembro de mil setecentos sessenta e oito, que mandou erigir huma Regia Officina Typografica .

PORTUGAL. Laws. D. João, Prince Regent of Portugal 1799-1816, then D. João VI King of Portugal and Brazil, 1816-1826]. Folio (29 x 19 cm.), modern black and white machine marbled wrappers, text block edges rouged (from an earlier binding). Large woodcut Portuguese arms at top of first page. Horizontal foldline across center of final leaf. In very good condition. Early ink manuscript note at top of first page: "24 de Dezembro 1802." 12 pp. *** Permits the establishment of a factory for playing cards, with extensive conditions. Page [1]-3 refer to the law of 31 July 1769 reprinted on pp. 4-5, which ordered the director and deputies of the Royal Press to recognize the royal contract of one Lourenço Solesio, manufacturer of playing cards, to establish a factory. It is signed in print by the Conde de Oeyras (future Marquês de Pombal) and Joaquim José Borralho. On pp. 6-8 are "Condições" 7 through 11 dated 1 January 1770 enforcing the playing card monopoly. The 8th condition sets prices for decks of playing cards in Portugal at 100 réis, with the same price in the "Ilhas" and Brazil, the price being 150 réis in other overseas dominions. From the center of p. 8 to the end of p. 9 is the reprinting of another law, dated 6 August 1770, further establishing conditions for the card playing factory. It mentions various officials, including the viceroy of Brazil, and is signed in print by the Conde de Oeyras and João Baptista de Araujo. The "Privilegios concedidos á fabrica das cartas de Jogar e ás pessoas occupadas no epediente della" occupies pp. 10-12. It is dated 6 August 1770, and signed in print by the Conde de Oeyras.*** Not located in Porbase. Not located in Jisc. Not located in KVK (51 databases searched). Not located in NUC.
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De la question du coton en Angleterre et dans les possessions portugaises de l’Afrique Occidentale.

GOMES, Francisco Luís. 8°, original beige printed wrappers (head of spine defective; small nick to front wrapper near head of spine). Uncut and unopened. In very good condition. 34 pp. *** FIRST and apparently the ONLY EDITION of the author's first book. The British, who had long relied on cotton from India to keep their textile factories supplied, turned in the mid-nineteenth century to American cotton: since it was produced by slave labor, it was notably cheaper. When the American Civil War broke out and the South was prevented from exporting cotton, British factories faced a severe shortage. Gomes opens by describing the American situation in 1861, then methodically discusses producers of cotton worldwide and suggests that Portuguese Africa might be a source of supply.Gomes (1829-1869), a native of Navelim in Salsete, Portuguese India, was a highly respected military physician, politician, historian, economist, and writer. He is one of the most prominent natives of Goa, and was hailed during his brief lifetime as "the prince of intellectuals." This work, printed the year Gomes was elected to the Portuguese Parliament, earned him the reputation of a serious economist, which he solidified in 1867 with the publication of Essai sur la theorie de l'economique politique et de ses rapports avec la morale et le droit.*** Innocêncio IX, 326; on the author see also II, 432. Costa, Dicionário de literatura Goesa, I, 44-55. J. Clement Vaz, Profiles of Eminent Goans, Past and Present, pp. 250-52. On Gomes's accomplishments, see also "A Visionary ahead of his time," Times of India 5/31/2009. Porbase locates a single copy, in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal. Copac repeats British Library copy. Not located in Hollis. Not located in Orbis. Not located in NUC.
Sermões pera algu[m]as festas de Santos da N. Ordem: Apostolos: Martyres: Santas: & dez do Sacramento.

Sermões pera algu[m]as festas de Santos da N. Ordem: Apostolos: Martyres: Santas: & dez do Sacramento.

CEITA, João de. 4°, mid-nineteenth-century tree sheep (only the slightest wear), smooth spine with gilt fillets and green leather lettering piece, gilt short title, marbled endleaves, text block edges sprinkled crimson. Title page within typographical border, with 5.2 x 3.6 cm. woodcut of the Virgin Mary. Numerous woodcut initials, typographical headpieces, and woodcut tailpieces. Very minor worming in 5 five preliminary leaves and the first 3 of the main text, all in lower blank margins, and in the blank margins of about a dozen leaves elsewhere, without affecting text save one, the second numbered preliminary, which touches two letters without obscuring legibility. Occasional very light dampstains. Overall in good to very good condition. 3, (3), 362 ll. [ ]6, A-Z8, Aa-Tt8, Vv-Zz4, Aaa-bbb4, Ccc2. Main text and indexes in 2 columns. *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION. Dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin. The final preliminary leaf recto is devoted to "A nossa Senhora da Conceiçam".The Franciscan Frei João de Ceita was a neo-Latin poet, orator and theologian who died in 1633 aged 55. The present volume was brought to press posthumously by Frei Bento de Sousa, whose good opinion of the contents, according to Innocêncio, had stood the test of time.Among the subjects of the sermons are Saint Francis (4), Saint Bonaventure (2), All Saints Day, Saint Thomas, Saints Simon and Judas, Saint Lawrence (2), Saint Sebastian (2), Saint Luiza, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Ann, Saint Mary Magdalene, and the Holy Sacrament (10).*** Arouca C355. Barbosa Machado II, 634-5. Innocêncio III, 248; X, 221. Pinto de Matos, p. 151: "Todas as obras de P. Ceita teem sido sempre estimadas como bem classico da nossa lingua, náo sendo facil encontralas reunidas à venda." Azambuja 500. Monteverde 1547. Rodrigo Veloso (segundo escrinio) 1848. Porbase locates six copies: five in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (all described as being in poor or very poor condition; three with serious worming, one incomplete), and one at the Biblioteca João Paulo II-Universidade Católica Portuguesa. CCPBE locates five copies in Spanish libraries (three described as having serious defects). Not located in Jisc. KVK (51 databases searched) locates the copies cited by Porbase, and the one at Universität Würzburg.
Aula politica

Aula politica, curia militar: Epistola declamatoria ao Serenissimo Principe D. Theodozio: & Politica militar.

MELLO, Francisco Manoel de. 4°, contemprary limp vellum (small hole in rear cover), yapped edges, manuscript short title on spine, text block edges sprinkled red. Title page in red and black, with small woodcut of a floral basket. Woodcut initials. Numerous typographical headpieces and dividers. Woodcut tailpiece on p. 243. Occasional pinpoint wormholes in upper blank margins, never affecting text. Clean and crisp. Overall in very good condition. Old ink rubric on title page. (10 ll.), 243 pp. *** FIRST EDITION of the Aula politica, probably completed in 1653; it deals with the system of Councils and Councillors used by the Spanish court. Beginning on p. 133 is the second edition of the Politica militar (pp. 133-239), described by Prestage as "um tratado claro e practico, fructo da leitura e da experiencia . na guerra terrestre e maritima, sendo porisso uma valiosa contribuição para a historia da arte militar" (D. Francisco Manuel de Mello, pp. 101-2). The Politica militar, originally published in Madrid, 1638 and extremely rare in that edition, was Manuel de Mello's first prose work. According to Bell, "No literary figure in Portugal of the seventeenth century, few in the Peninsula, can rank with Francisco Manuel de Mello (1608-66), the leading lyric poet and prose writer of his time." The Aula Politica is in Portuguese; the Politica militar is in Spanish.Born into the highest Portuguese nobility, Dom Francisco Manuel de Mello began his career as a man of action as well as an author, at the age of 17. Shipwrecked near St. Jean de Luz in 1627 while sailing with a Hispano-Portuguese armada protecting an American treasure fleet (he was forced to supervise the burial of more than 2,000 who perished), he fought in the battle of the Downs in 1639, was sent with the Conde de Linhares to quell the Évora insurrection in 1637, and took part in the campaign against rebellious Catalunya (1640). In 1640, suspected of favoring an independent Portugal, he was thrown into a Spanish jail. Only a few years later (1644), when he returned to Portugal, he was imprisoned in turn by D. João IV, some said on a charge of murder, others said because he was D. João's rival for a lady's affections. The year 1655 saw him deported to Bahia, but in 1658 he was pardoned, recalled from exile, and sent on the first of several important diplomatic missions. *** Innocêncio II, 442: calling for 8 rather than 10 preliminary leaves. Barbosa Machado II, 186. Almirante, Bibliografia militar de España, p. 498. Forjaz de Sampaio, Historia da literatura portuguesa illustrada III, 167: with illustration of the title page. Gracia Peres p. 366; see also pp. 364-8. Pinto de Matos, p. 373; see also pp. 370-4. Bell, Portuguese Literature pp. 252-5. Prestage, D. Francisco Manuel de Mello, esboço biographico, pp. 101-2, 257, 584. Not in Palha. Azevedo-Samodães 2042. NUC: WaPS, DCU-IA, MH, MB, WU, ICN.
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Instituições de medicina forense.

BORGES, José Ferreira. Large 8°, original printed wrappers (a bit ragged at corners; other small defects; spine splitting and defective). Some minor foxing and light stains. Uncut. Overall in good to very good condition. Needs binding or a slipcase. (4 ll.), xv, (1), 576 pp. *** FIRST EDITION of this comprehensive and authoritative work that Ferreira de Mira identifies as the earliest work on forensic medicine in Portuguese. There are also editions of 1840 and 1890.Ferreira Borges (1786-1838), a leading liberal economist, political and legal thinker, received his law degree from Coimbra and quickly established a reputation as a barrister specializing in commercial law. In addition to being the author of the Codigo commercial portuguez, enacted in 1833 and in force until 1888, he wrote many other works on commercial law as well as poetry, and essays. He also played a leading role in the 1820 revolution, and was nominated Secretary of the Interior of the provisional government, was a deputy to the constitutional Côrtes of 1821, as well as having been a partisan of the liberal cause during the civil wars between the liberals and conservatives and their aftermath from 1828 to 1834.*** Innocêncio IV, 327-30. Ramos, A edição da língua portuguesa em França 223. Lisbon, Faculdade de Medicina, Catálogo da colecção portuguesa p. 421. Pires de Lima, Catálogo da Bibliotheca da Escola Medico-Cirurgica do Porto 594. Not in Wellcome. Ferreira de Mira, História da medicina portuguesa p. 421. On the author, see Laranjo, Economistas portugueses pp. 113-128. Porbase locates three copies: two in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, and one in the Biblioteca João Paulo II-Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Copac repeats British Library only. NUC: DNLM.
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Morna, contos de Cabo Verde.

FERREIRA, Manuel. 8°, later three quarters crimson sheep over marbled boards, gilt rule between leather and boards, spine gilt with raised bands in six compartments (slight wear), green leather lettering pieces with author and short title gilt in second and fourth compartments from head, "fersil-porto" stamped in gilt to inner dentelle of front cover, marbled endleaves, top edges rouged, other edges uncut, red silk ribbon place marker, original illustrated wrappers bound in. Browned, as usual, but not brittle. In good condition. Author's five-line signed and dated presentation inscription across title page. 161 pp., (1 l.). *** FIRST EDITION of these stories of Cabo Verde, the author's second book, one of his principal works of fiction. A second, revised edition appeared in 1967.Manuel Ferreira (Leiria, 1917-Linda-a-Velha, 1992), author fiction, essayist, investigator, and university professor, served time in prison for political activities from 1938 to 1939. In 1941 he became an army officer. Serving in various colonial posts, first in Cabo Verde, where he remained until 1947, he married there the writer Orlanda Amarílis. He also spent time in India, Angola, as well as visiting Nigeria and Guiné-Bissau, eventually rising to the rank of Captain. Through his wife he became familiar with most of the more important literary figures of Cabo Verde, as well as familiarizing himself with the local culture and language, which was reflected in his fiction. He also developed a passion for Lusophone African literature, which marked the rest of his life. After the April 25, 1974 Portuguese revolution, he held the first chair in Lusophone African literature at the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, a position he maintained for the rest of his life. At the same university he was co-director of the Instituto de Estudos Africanos.*** Gerald Moser & Manuel Ferreira, A New Bibliography of the Lusophone Literatures of Africa (2nd ed., 1993) 1876. See Álvaro Manuel Machado in Dicionário de literatura portuguesa, pp. 188-9; Lourenço do Rosário in Biblos, II, 543; Dicionário cronológico de autores portugueses, IV, 636-9. Porbase locates two copies: one in the Biblioteca Nacional de Lisboa, the other in the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian-Biblioteca Geral de Arte. Copac repeats British Library and adds King's College London.