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Carta notavel escrita de Gallipoli, bayrro em que habitão os Christãos na cidade de Constantinopola, escrita em 2 de Agosto deste anno de 1734.

MASCARENHAS, José Freire de Monterroyo, translator].

Published by [Colophon] Lisbon, Na Offic. Augustiniana, 1734., 1734
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4°, disbound, early non-integral blank leaf attached at front. Caption title followed by 6-line woodcut factotum initial. Woodcut tailpiece ornament at end. Overall in good to very good condition. 8 pp. *** First Edition in Portuguese (or first and only edition?) of this breathless report of horrendous events in Constantinople: a storm with winds strong enough to tear off roofs, and a blast of lightning that struck the sultan's seraglio, incinerating many of his concubines and the eunuch who was serving the sultan coffee. It rained rocks, 2 comets appeared for a week (17-22 July), and the sultan suffered terrible dreams. An old Egyptian called in to interpret these events foresaw the end of the Ottoman Empire at the hands of a monarch "que reduzirá as duas Cabeças da Aguia Romana a huma só, bordandolhe o peito de flores de ouro." At this time the double-headed eagle might symbolize the Austrian Empire (where the heads represent church and state), Russia, or the Byzantine Empire (where the heads represent dominance over East and West or over secular and religious affairs).Predicting the imminent demise of the Ottoman Empire was a common pursuit at this time. This particular letter, dated 2 August 1734, purports to be from Christians in Gallipoli, where the Dardanelles leads into the Sea of Marmara. It might, of course, be entirely the work of Mascarenhas.Freire de Monterroyo Mascarenhas (1670-1760?) was a native of Lisbon. He began his studies in Portugal and extended them for 10 years, beginning in 1693, by traveling throughout Europe to study its politics and languages. Back in Portugal, he served from 1704 to 1710 as a cavalry captain in the War of the Spanish Succession. When the war ended he began to publish the Gazeta de Lisboa, of which he remained editor for more than 40 years. He also published numerous pamphlets such as this one, on current events.*** Innocêncio IV, 349: attributing this work to Freire de Monterroyo Mascarenhas. Coimbra, Miscelâneas 993. Not located in Porbase. Not located in Copac. Not located in KVK (44 databases searched). Not located in The European Library (72 databases searched). Bookseller Inventory # 20702

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Title: Carta notavel escrita de Gallipoli, bayrro ...

Publisher: [Colophon] Lisbon, Na Offic. Augustiniana, 1734.

Publication Date: 1734

Edition: 1st Edition

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