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Demonstração da existencia de Deos.

MACEDO, José Agostinho de.

Published by Lisbon, Na Impressão Regia, 1816., 1816
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8°, contemporary half sheep over marbled boards (minor wear), flat spine gilt (lettering piece gone), text block edges sprinkled red. Small woodcut royal Portuguese arms on title page. Clean and crisp on excellent quality paper. Overall in very good to fine condition. Later ink signature of Duarte de Carvalho Mottomayor [?] at top of second front free endleaf recto. 93, (3) pp. *** FIRST EDITION. Innocêncio and Pinto de Matos also record an edition of Rio de Janeiro, 1845.Macedo (1761-1831), the most prolific writer of his time, produced both prose and verse but is best known for his pamphleteering: "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). Macedo was also well known 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.*** Innocêncio IV, 186: calling for 93 pp. only. Pinto de Mattos p. 363. Palha 375. On Macedo, see also 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; and Saraiva & Lopes, História da literatura portuguesa (16th ed.), pp. 661-5. Porbase locates five copies: two in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, and one each at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Biblioteca João Paulo II-Universidade Católica Portuguesa, and Biblioteca Municipal de Elvas. Copac repeats British Library only. Bookseller Inventory # 39599

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Title: Demonstração da existencia de Deos.

Publisher: Lisbon, Na Impressão Regia, 1816.

Publication Date: 1816

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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