Ensaio sobre os melhoramentos de Portugal, e do Brazil.

FRANCO, Francisco Soares.

Published by Lisbon, Na Impressão Regia, 1820-1821., 1821
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4 parts in 1 volume. 4°, unbound. Small wood-engraved royal arms of Portugal and typographical lines on title page. Unfolded sheets, arranged into the 4 cadernos. In fine condition. 38 pp., (1 blank l.); 33 pp., (1 blank l.); 42 pp., (1 blank l.); 43 pp. Sheets signed A-E, A-E (with E a half sheet), A-F (with F a half sheet), A-F (with F a half sheet). *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION. The first two parts are dated 1820; the third and fourth parts are dated 1821. "Complete copies of these highly esteemed essays are very difficult to find" (Borba de Moraes). The author begins with a resumé of the history of Portugal, concentrating on economic aspects. In the second part he discusses the means of increasing the population, and in the third part studies and criticizes agriculture. The fourth part deals with the agriculture and commerce of Brazil. Among his suggestions for improving the latter are the abolition of slavery, emigration, exploitation of iron mines and use of rivers as means of communication.Soares Franco (1772-1844) was born and died near Lisbon, taught medicine at Coimbra, was a deputy to the Cortes in 1821, and served as a member of the royal council.*** Borba de Moraes (1983) I, 323. Innocêncio III, 64: incorrectly calling for only 32 pp. in each part. Conrad 413. Bosch 317. Rodrigues 2254. Sabin 85657: correcting his entry 25483, and taking information from Rodrigues. Not in Kress. Not in Welsh or Greenlee Catalogue. Porbase locates two copies, at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa-Biblioteca João Paulo II, but does not say if they are two copies of the complete work or copies of two of the parts. Copac locates copies at Oxford University, British Library, University of Manchester, and University of London. NUC: DLC, WU, MH-BA. Bookseller Inventory # 38738

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Title: Ensaio sobre os melhoramentos de Portugal, e...

Publisher: Lisbon, Na Impressão Regia, 1820-1821.

Publication Date: 1821

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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