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El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.

CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel. 8°, later limp vellum with ties, "Don Quixote" in vertical reddish-brown ink manuscript on spine, text block edges rouged. Woodcut vignette of an armored knight on horseback holding a lance on title page. Woodcut initials. Repair to small hole in title page; another very small repair to lower outer corner. Some running heads slightly shaved, about a half dozen more so. Small stains in upper margins of last few leaves. Final two leaves with small repairs to lower outer corners, with a few letters supplied in facsimile. In good condition overall. Bookplate of Kenneth Rapoport. (16 ll.), 768 pp. +-2+8, A-Z8, 2A-2Z8, 3A-3B8. Page 192 wrongly numbered 162; p. 243 wrongly numbered 234; p. 258 wrongly numbered 58. *** First Valencia edition, the third authorized one, printed the same year as the Madrid original. Aprobación dated 18 July 1605. Catchword on ?2 recto "LA" (not AL). Extremely rare. *** Brunet I, 1748. Palau 51980. Rius, Bibliografía crítica de las obras de Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 5. Salvá 1546. Heredia 2508. Gallardo 1765. Goldsmith, British Museum Seventeenth-Century Spanish and Portuguese STC C444. HSA p. 125 (2 copies, both imperfect). Givanel i Mas, Catáleg de la collecció cervaàntina formada per D. Isidoro Bonsoms i Sicart 6. Sune Benages and Sune Fonbuena, Bibliografia crítica de ediciones del Quijote impresas desde 1605 hasta 1917, 6. Catálogo de la exposición celebrada en la Biblioteca Nacional en el tercer centenário de la publicación del Quijote 6. Exposición cervantina en la Biblioteca Nacional para conmemorar el CCCXXX aniversário de la muerte de Miguel de Cervantes. Catálogo 6. CCPBE cites two copies in the Biblioteca de Cataluña, one in the Biblioteca Valenciana, two in the Biblioteca Nacional de España, and two at the Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (one of which is described as incomplete and "Deteriorado").
  • $144,000
  • $144,000
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O crime do Padre Amaro. Scenas da vida devota. Terceira edição definitiva, inteiramento refundida, recomposta, e diferente na fórma e na acção da edição primitiva.

QUEIROZ, [José Maria de] Eça de. 8°, twentieth-century (between 1926 and 1940) half sheep over decorated boards (some wear to outer joints, corners), spine gilt with raised bands in five compartments, author-short title lettered gilt in second compartment from head, marbled endleaves, top edges rouged, other edges uncut, original printed wrappers bound in. Light foxing. Overall in very good condition. 2.5 x 1.5 cm. ticket of "Carmelita, Calada do Sacramento, 29 Lisboa" tipped on to upper outer corner of front free endleaf verso. ix pp., (1 l.), 674 pp., (1 blank l.). *** Third edition in book form of one of the best and most important novels ever written, the first novel written entirely by Eça de Queiroz, and certainly one of his most important works. The first edition in book form, 1876, was greatly revised from the original version which had appeared the previous year in the Revista occidental. (O Mistério da estrada de Sintra, written in collaboration with Ramalho Ortigão, had appeared in 1870.) The second edition in book form, 1880, was again greatly revised, achieving almost double the length of the previous edition. The present edition, though not revised by Eça, does contain a few minor variations.The bindery "A Carmelita" was founded in 1926 by Frederico d'Almeida, probably the best Portuguese bookbinder of the twentieth century. He worked there until 1940 before moving to Rua António Maria Cardoso, 31, ao Chiado, where he continued to work under his own name until the 1970s. Among his illustrious clients were the exiled King Umberto II of Italy and the Conde de Barcelona. See Matias Lima, Encadernadores portugueses, pp. 19-23. *** Guerra da Cal 36.
  • $480
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Arte da pintura, symmetria, e perspectiva composta por . Novamente impressa, com boas estampas, correcta, e accresentada com o seu index.

NUNES, Filipe [or Philippe, a.k.a. Fr. Filippe das Chagas]. 8°, mid-twentieth-century antique mottled sheep, spine richly gilt with raised bands in five compartments, crimson leather lettering piece in second compartment from head, text-block edges sprinkled red from an earlier binding. Woodcut headpiece on p. 1 of a landscape with a town in the background; woodcut initials, numerous woodcut diagrams and designs in text. Some light discoloration to outer blank margins of title page and final two leaves. In very good condition overall. Old ink "6634" in lower inner blank margin of title page. (6 ll.), 116 pp. a6, A-G8, H2. *** First separate edition of the earliest book published in Portuguese giving advice to painters. Originally published in 1615 with the author's "Arte poetica," it also appeared in an annotated version in 1982.Taborda's prologue to Regras da arte da pintura, 1815 (a translation of Prunetti's Saggio pittorico) begins with a quick look at the only two Portuguese works that offered advice to painters: this one by Nunes and the considerably later Prendas da Adolescencia, ou adolescencia prendada, published by José Lopes Baptista de Almada in 1749. Of this work by Nunes, Taborda notes that it is admired for its language, and that although its content is far from complete, it is commendable for being the first such manual: "nem eu duvido tributar-lhe todo o respeito por ser o primeiro, e ainda o unico que soube prestar tão bom serviço á Patria." Although Taborda reproaches Nunes for not discussing matters such as composition, Nunes does state in his "Prologo aos pintores" that his goal is to cover the segredos, i.e., the "tricks of the trade."Nunes begins with the principles of perspective and the use of shading. In the section on symmetry he cites the works of Vitruvius, Albrecht Dürer, and Daniel Barbaro, and includes four small woodcuts of male nudes with ideal proportions (pp. 37, 40, 42, 50). From there he goes on to mixing inks and colors, using various types of paint, and applying gold leaf to silk, paper, vellum, rock, glass, and leather. The final section suggests various methods for "copying" a city (or any other object), using a grid, a window, and so on.Nunes, a native of Villa Real (Trás-os-Montes), entered the Dominican Order in 1591, adopting the religious name Frei Filippe das Chagas. Taborda describes Nunes as "dos mais célebres Artistas, que venerou o seu tempo, e por cuja pericia na Pintura, e Poesia, e muita lição de Letras Humanas, e dos Santos Padres tem ainda hoje entre os sabios grande estimação os seus Escriptos."*** Innocêncio II, 303-4 (giving incorrect collation). Pinto de Matos (1970) refers to a 1667 edition, probably a typo for this one of 1767. Not in Gubián (see item 523 for the 1615 edition), Nepomuceno, Fernandes Thomaz, Monteverde (which lists an incomplete copy of the 1615 edition), Azevedo Samodães, Ameal, Avila Pérez, Sousa da Câmara or Afonso Lucas. On Nunes, see Bénézit X, 296; Pamplona, Dicionário de pintores e escultores portugueses IV, 215-216; Cunha Taborda, Regras da arte da pintura (1815) pp. xi-xiii, 183-4. Porbase locates only one copy, at the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, plus two copies of the 1615 edition (one seriously defective, the other damaged) and two of the 1982 edition. Jisc locates copies at British Library and Victoria & Albert. Not located in Orbis, Catnyp, or Melvyl. KVK (51 databases searched) locates a microfilm copy (EROMM) and the copy cited by Porbase. NUC: DLC, OClW-H, MiU.
  • $1,080
  • $1,080
Bibliotheca historica de Portugal

Bibliotheca historica de Portugal, e seus dominios ultramarinos . Nova edição.

[SOUSA, José Carlos Pinto de]. 4°, contemporary tree sheep (slight wear to one corner), flat spine (somewhat chaffed), with gilt fillets and citron leather lettering piece with short title gilt. Three small woodcut vignettes on title page. Several woodcut tailpieces. Preliminary leaves and final 17 leaves with various degrees of browning and dampstains. In good condition overall. (13 ll.), xiii, 408, 100 pp. *-5*4, A-Z4, 2A-2Z4, 3A-3E4, A-M4, N2. *** Second, greatly expanded edition of the first Portuguese bibliography to concentrate on material concerning Portuguese possessions overseas, including America. The first edition-a slim octavo of 151 pages, published Lisbon, 1797-described several hundred printed and manuscript works chronicling the history of Portugal and its possessions in Asia, Africa, America and the Atlantic. The second edition-a quarto of over 500 pages-is greatly improved, with many corrections as well as additions. Innocêncio found this work still useful when compiling his own Portuguese bibliography more than half a century later. The Bibliotheca historica remains of considerable use for its comments on manuscript accounts-most still unpublished-of the Portuguese settlements in Brazil, Angola, Mozambique and the Moluccas. Also included are content descriptions, brief biographical notes on authors, and author and subject indexes. Pinto de Sousa studied at the University of Coimbra and is believed to have served as a magistrate in one of Portugal's overseas colonies.The Arco do Cego press (officially the Tipografia Chalcografica, Tipoplastica e Literaria, located in Lisbon at the Arco do Cego), was established in 1800 at the insistence of D. Rodrigo de Sousa Coutinho, Minister of State, who realized the need to spread information on new techniques in the arts, industry and agriculture in Portugal and Brazil. He proposed to do this by publishing both original works and Portuguese translations of recent foreign works on those subjects. The director of the press (and author of the Relação) was José Mariano da Conceição Veloso (1742?-1811), a native of Minas Geraes and a noted botanist; he was assisted by many young Brazilians living in Lisbon. The Arco do Cego was well equipped, with its own foundry for making type, its own presses and its own designers and engravers, two of whom - Romão Eloy and Ferreira Souto - later introduced the art of engraving to Brazil. The press produced a relatively large number of works, but in 1801 it was incorporated into the Regia Oficina Typografica, also known as the Impressão Regia and later as the Imprensa Nacional.*** Innocêncio IV, 289. Borba de Moraes (1983) II, 975. JCB Portuguese and Brazilian Books 801/10. Lisbon, Biblioteca Nacional, A Casa Literária do Arco do Cego 70. Welsh 125. Not in Bosch or Rodrigues.
  • $360
Sermão do Auto Publico da Fé

Sermão do Auto Publico da Fé, Que na Igreja do Real Convento de São Domingos desta Cidade de Lisboa se celebrou em Domingo 20. de Outubro de 1748. Assistindo S. Magestade ElRey D. João V. Prégado-o o Muito Reverendo Padre Mestre Fr. Francisco de S. Thomaz, Qualificador do Santo Officio, e ao presente Deputado do mesmo Santo Tribunal, e a elle dedicado. Dado à luz por hum seu devoto, o obrigado.

SÃO THOMAZ, Francisco de, O.P. 4°, much later tan wrappers. Small woodcut vignetter of a angel on title page. Large elegant woodcut initial on second leaf recto. Nicely printed woodcut headpiece and initial on p. 1. Printed on paper of high quality. In good to very good condition; almost very good. Engraved pictorial bookplate of Victor d'Avila Perez. Smaller amorial bookplate of J. Leon Cassuto consisting of arms with lion on hind legs in profile to the right within a shield, below a coronet with seven points. Small oblong white sticker with serrated edges, blue border and red ink manuscript "23" tipped on to front cover. Old ink manuscript foliation "269-286" in upper outer corner of each leaf recto. (6 ll.), 24 pp. []4, B-D4, E2. Leaf C2 wrongly signed D2. *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION. This appears to be the latest date for a first printing in Portugal of an Auto da Fé serman.P. Fr. Francisco de São Thomaz-or Tomás as some pedantic cataloguers would prefer (Lisbon, 1695-1762) joined the Dominican Order in 1713. He was a deputy of the Inquisition.*** Alfonso Cassuto, Lisboa 23. Horch 76. Basseches, p. 31. Barbosa Machado IV, 144-5. Innocêncio III, 73. Pinto de Mattos, p. 38. Avila Perez 368 (the present copy). Porbase locates a single copy, in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal.
  • $720
O Primo Bazilio. Episodio domestico. Segunda edição

O Primo Bazilio. Episodio domestico. Segunda edição, revista.

QUEIROZ, [José Maria] Eça de. 8°, late twentieth-century red morocco, spine with raised bands in five compartments, short author-title lettered gilt in second compartment from head, date numbered in gilt at foot, each compartment double ruled in gilt, gilt fillets, covers triple ruled gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endleaves, top edges gilt, other edges uncut, original printed wrappers bound in. Occasional light browning. Some mostly skillful repairs to wrappers. Overall in very good condition. Old ink signature of João Pinto de Figueiredo in upper blank margin of front wrapper. Frontispiece portrait, 608 pp. Page 475 wrongly numbered 375; p. 525 wrongly numbered 425. *** According to Guerra da Cal, this second edition of one of Eça's best and most important novels was required almost immediately after publication of the first, which had met with extraordinary success. Although the imprint states that it was printed in 1878, the same year as the first edition, the book was only launched on the market at the beginning of the following year. Eça is said to have revised the text with care, causing significant, substantial divergences from the first edition. Guerra da Cal further cites Manuel de Paiva Boléo, O realismo de Eça de Queiroz, who emphasizes the addition of a subtitle, Episódio Doméstico. As with the addition of the subtitle Scenas da vida devota in later edtions of O crime de Padre Amaro, there is an attempt to have the reader focus on an objective, critical analysis of sectors of Portuguese society. This second edition was considered by Eça to have greater validity than the first. When a French translation was proposed, he insisted that it be based on the text of the second edition. But as with a number of his other works, he did not remain satisfied. He made further revisions for the third edition, published in 1887.The frontispiece portrait plate opposite the title page is a reproduction of a photograph of Eça, seated on a sofa, his legs crossed, holding his monocle in his right hand, tipped on to a plate leaf with a red border and facsimile signature in the lower margin. This portrait is not cited by Soares & Lima, Dicionário de iconografia portuguesa; cf. 1045B for a caricature by Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro in his Album das glorias, which appeared in 1880 and which seems to have been inspired by the present portrait.Provenance: João [Castanheira de Moura] Pinto de Figueiredo (1917-1984), collector of modern art and bibliophile, wrote about Cesário Verde, Mário de Sá-Carneiro and Manuel d?Assunção. See Dicionário cronológico de autores portugueses, IV, 640-1.*** Guerra da Cal 96 (but giving, in error, the same collation as for the first edition; taking his comments into consideration, the collation he gives would be highly unlikely). For the importance of Eça de Queiroz, see Bloom, The Western Canon. Porbase locates three copies of the present edition: two in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, and one at the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto (the Biblioteca Nacional's copy available digitized online, with considerably more foxing and browning, has a different half-title, the recto of which is in a different setting of type, while the verso of the Biblioteca Nacional copy simply states "Porto: Typographia de A.J. da Silva Teixeira // Rua da Cancella Velha, 70"; in our copy, the text on the verso of the half-title states "Declaramos para todos os effeitos da lei, que a proprie- // dade litteraria d'este obra, no Imperio do Brazil, pertence // ao Snr. J.M. Machado d'Assis. // Eça de Queiroz. // Ernesto Chardron." In all other respects our copy appears to be indentical to that digitized by the Biblioteca Nacional). This edition not located in Copac, which cites a single copy of the first edition at British Library, and the third edition at University of Manchester and British Library.
  • $960
Sermam que pregou no Auto da Fe
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Ensaios sobre algumas enfermidades d’Angola .

AZEREDO, José Pinto de. 8°, recent burgundy Oasis morocco, marbled endpapers, edges sprinkled red (contemporary). Some light waterstains. In very good condition. xvi, 149 pp. *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION. The author (1763-1807), a native of Rio de Janeiro who studied at Edinburgh (1786-1788) and presented his graduate thesis on gout at Leyden, practiced medicine in Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and Pernambuco before being appointed Fisico-mor de Angola. In this famous work he notes that the tropical fevers found in Brazil and Angola are very similar, and draws on his experience with both venues. Pinto de Azeredo achieved excellent results with his "new method" of treatment, which included the use of quinine, nux vomica, arsenic, and the inside of the coconut rind. The Ensaios has separate sections dealing with the causes and cures of dysentery and tetanus. In the introduction, Pinto de Azeredo attacks the excessive use of bleeding in Angola and in America ("com particularidade na Bahia"). Lengthy footnotes include citations of authoritative references and recipes for cures such as various kinds of tea.*** Borba de Moraes (1983) I, 62-3: "very rare"; Período colonial pp. 39-40. Sacramento Blake V, 137: calling in error for 165 pp. Innocêncio V, 103; XIII, 171. Imprensa Nacional 532. JCB, Portuguese and Brazilian Books 799/1. Ribeiro Filho, Dicionário biobibliográfico de escritores cariocas pp. 30-1. Bosch 257. National Library of Medicine, Eighteenth-Century STC p. 25. Lisbon, Faculdade de Medicina, Catálogo da colecção portuguesa, I, 33. Pires de Lima, Catálogo da Bibliotheca da Escola Medico-Cirurgica do Porto 273. Macedo, Anno Bio. Braz. III, 467. Santos Filho, História geral da medicina brasileira p. 375. Ferreira de Mira, História da medicina portuguesa p. 305. See also J. Walter, Um português carioca professor da primeira escola medica de Angola, Lisbon 1970. NUC: adding ICN.
  • $5,760
  • $5,760