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Cartas americanas, publicadas por .

BIANCARDI, Theodoro Josť.

Published by Lisbon, Na Impressão de Alcobia, 1820., 1820
Soft cover
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8°, disbound with traces of early wrappers. Small typographical vignette on title page. Slightly soiled. Overall in very good condition. Contemporary ink initials inscribed on title page. (2 ll.), 191 pp. *** Second edition of this epistolary novel, a page-for-page reprint of the first, which appeared in Lisbon, 1809; it was modelled on Montesquieu's Lettres persanes, and set in the form of an exchange of letters between two Brazilian lovers. Separated by their parents, one remains in Brazil, the other travels in Portugal. The work includes long discussions on a wide range of subjects: whether the arts and sciences are harmful to morals, Lisbon and Court manners, wealth, the virtues of women in Lisbon vs. the provinces, the oppression of people subject to governors, slavery, gambling, the evils of the Lisbon theater, the poverty of the country outside Lisbon, the unhappy lot of women, and a comparison of the sexes. A substantial section toward the end of the book (pp. 126-78) deals with the Peninsular War and the occupation of Portugal, including decrees of the French against trade with the English and against fishing, and comments on the Sebastianists.Biancardi, a native of Lisbon, died soon after 1849.*** Borba de Moraes (1983) I, 105-6. Innocêncio VII, 308, 462; XIX, 249. Ayres Magalhães de Sepúlveda, Dicionário bibliográfico da Guerra Peninsular I, 114: citing only the 1809 edition. This edition not in Biblioteca Pública de Braga, Catálogo do Fundo Barca-Oliveira; see p. 106 for the 1809 edition, but with only (3), 96 pp. Not in JCB, Portuguese and Brazilian Books. Not in Palha, Bosch, Rodrigues or Ticknor Catalogue. Azevedo-Samodães 396. Not in Ameal or Avila-Perez. Porbase locates a single copy, in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, as well as a single copy of the 1809 first edition at the Biblioteca Municipal de Elvas. This edition not located in Copac, which repeats the 1809 edition at the British Library. NUC: DCU-IA. Bookseller Inventory # 20443

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Title: Cartas americanas, publicadas por .

Publisher: Lisbon, Na Impressão de Alcobia, 1820.

Publication Date: 1820

Binding: Soft cover

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