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Cordão da peste ou medidas contra o contagio periodiqueiro.

MACEDO, José Agostinho de].

Published by Lisbon, Na Officin. da Viuva de Lino da Silva Godinho, 1821., 1821
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8°, stitched (stitching almost completely gone). Small wood-engraved vignette of a basket and flowers on the title page. Uncut and unopened. Half title, edges of title page, and final page spotted and soiled. Half title missing a piece approximately 5 x 4 x 5.5 cm. in upper outer blank corner. In good condition. (1 l.), 44 pp., (1 blank l.). *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION. This prose work is signed in print on p. 44 by "O Curcunda de boa fé" at Villa de Olhão, February 18, 1821. Its target is the "plague" of liberal writers in the periodical press, who read such authors as Benjamin Constant, and liberal ideas such as freedom of religion. The author is José Agostinho de Macedo (1761-1831), a prolific writer of prose and verse best known for his aggressive pamphleteering on behalf of the absolutists: "Ponderous and angry like a lesser Samuel Johnson, he bullies and crushes his opponents in the raciest vernacular . his idiomatic and vigorous prose will always be read with pleasure" (Bell, Portuguese Literature, p. 282). His high literary reputation among contemporaries proved ephemeral.As a young man, Macedo caused so much trouble within the Augustinian Order that he was unfrocked in 1792, but an influential friend helped him retain his ecclesiastical status by obtaining a brief of secularization. Soon becoming a leading orator, he was named royal preacher in 1802.Macedo is notorious for his arrogance in literary matters: he condemned as worthless Homer's poems, which he had never read in the original, and believed his own epic Gama, 1811 (reworked and published as O Oriente, 1814), could have taught Camões how Os Lusiadas should have been written. When the public reception for O Oriente was less than enthusiastic, he published Censura dos Lusiadas, a detailed and virulent critique of Camões. In Os Burros, a satirical poem published 1812-1814, Macedo skewered a host of men and women, living and dead. Macedo's provoked Barbosa du Bocage's satirical poem Pena de Taliao: "Expõe no tribunal da eternidade / Monumentos de audacia, e não de engenho ."*** Innocêncio IV, 201; on Macedo, see also IV, 183-215, 459-61; XII, 200-3. And see as well António Ferreira de Brito, in Machado, ed., Dicionário de literatura portuguesa, pp. 288-9; Maria Luísa Malato Borralho in Biblos, III, 315-20; Dicionário cronológico de autores portugueses, I, 575; Saraiva & Lopes, História da literatura portuguesa (16th ed.), pp. 661-5; and António Mega Ferreira, Macedo: uma biografia da infâmia. Not in Biblioteca Pública de Braga, "Fundo Barca-Oliveira". Porbase locates four copies at the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, three at Biblioteca João Paulo II-Universidade Católica Portuguesa, and one at the Biblioteca Municipal de Elvas. Copac repeats British Library. KVK (44 databases searched) locates the copies cited by Porbase, and repeats OCLC for Göttingen. Bookseller Inventory # 38910

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Title: Cordão da peste ou medidas contra o contagio...

Publisher: Lisbon, Na Officin. da Viuva de Lino da Silva Godinho, 1821.

Publication Date: 1821

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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