Glaura: poemas eroticos .

ALVARENGA, Manoel Ignacio da Silva.

Published by Lisbon, Na Officina Nunesiana, 1801., 1801
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8°, contemporary plain blue-gray wrappers (spine defective). Small woodcut vignette on title page. Uncut. In very good condition. 248 pp., with four additional leaves [2 blank] inserted between leaves h8 [pp. 127-8] and i1 [pp. 129-30]. *** Second edition, a reprint closely following the extremely rare 1799 first edition (so rare that it was unknown to nineteenth-century Brazilian and Portuguese bibliographers), in a very similar but slightly different setting of type, and with a few corrections. There are two variant issues of the present edition. The first, following the 1799 first edition, is divided into two parts, with the verso of leaf h8 (p. 127) blank, followed by an inserted leaf containing on its recto a divisional title "Glaura: // Poemas eroticos // de hum Americano. // Segunda Parte." In this issue p. 128 appears on the verso of the inserted leaf with the divisional title. The other variant, presumably a later issue of the present edtion, is not divided into two parts, with leaf h8 containing p. 128 on the verso of p. 127. The present copy contains both versions of leaf h8, as well as a blank leaf which is conjugate to the divisional title containing p. 128 on the verso, followed by another blank leaf which is conjugate to the version of leaf h8 with its verso blank.The principal work of a Brazilian author of mixed race, Glaura is a collection of poems to his beloved composed of rondós and madrigais. Silva Alvarenga (1749-1814), the youngest member of the Escola Mineira, was the son of a poor mulatto musician from Villa Rica, Minas Geraes. Born in Ouro Preto (according to most recent authorities), his first publication, O Desertor (1774), satirizes the antiquated teaching methods used at the University of Coimbra before the Marques de Pombal's reforms. Its publication was financed by the Marques de Pombal, and (according to Blake) published against the wishes of the author, who felt it still needed correction. Aside from its interest as an early work by an important Brazilian lyric poet, O Desertor is an early example of the appearance of Brazilian themes. Silva Alvarenga signed a poem written in 1775 to celebrate the inauguration of the equestrian statue of D. José as "Estudante Ultramarino na Universidade de Coimbra." After earning a degree in Canon Law, he returned to Brazil, founding the Arcádia Ultramarina, where he adopted the name of Alcindo Palmireno. From 1794 to 1797, he was imprisoned by the viceroy for Jacobin tendencies. According to Wilson Martins, Silva Alvarenga was "the first Brazilian author to demonstrate a genuine knowledge of the classic rules of composition" (História da inteligéncia brasileira I, 462; see also 460-3 and elsewhere). *** Borba de Moraes (1983) I, 30; and Período colonial pp. 16-8. Innocêncio VI, 6 (mentions a only 1798 edition, which does not exist). Sacramento Blake VI, 101. See Álvaro Manuel Machado in Dicionário de literatura portuguesa, pp. 28-9; also Carolina Maia Gouvêa in Biblos, I, 181-2; Hernâni Cidade in Jacinto do Prado Coelho, Dicionário de literatura, 4th ed. (1994), pp. 42-3. Not in Bosch. Not in JCB Portuguese and Brazilian Books (but subsequently acquired from us). Porbase locates only two copies of this edition, both at Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (and only two copies of the first edition, also at Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal). Copac locates a single copy, at British Library. Bookseller Inventory # 38647

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Title: Glaura: poemas eroticos .

Publisher: Lisbon, Na Officina Nunesiana, 1801.

Publication Date: 1801

Binding: Soft cover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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