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Os dous irmãos inimigos. Tragedia.

AGUIAR, Manoel Caetano Pimenta de.

Published by Lisbon, Na Impressão Regia, 1816., 1816
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8°, recent crimson quarter morocco over marbled boards, spine with raised bands in five compartments. Small woodcut arms of Portugal on title page. In fine condition. 104 pp. *** FIRST EDITION? In the introduction (pp. 3-7), the author defends himself against the accusation of a contentious critic (a semi-douto) that he had given the Greek city of Thebes a hundred gates, when in fact it was the Egyptian city of Thebes that had that many entrances. The phrasing is ambiguous enough to suggest that the critic saw the work in manuscript rather than in an earlier printed version, of which we have seen no record: "Esta Tragedia, por fatalidade, cahio nas mãos." However, it is possible that the copies described in OCLC and Copac without printer might be an earlier edition; we have been unable to confirm.This is the second-earliest work by Aguiar listed in Innocêncio: a retelling of the myth of Eteocles and Polyneices, part of the Theban legend made famous in Sophocles' tragedies. Other characters include Jocasta, Creaon, Antigone, and Haimon. Manoel Caetano Pimenta Aguiar (1765-1832), a native of Madeira, served as a captain of cavalry in the French revolutionary army in 1790, being awarded the Legion of Honor. He was elected a deputy to the Côrtes in 1823, and won re-election, but left the political arena in 1828, being persecuted by the Miguelistas. Aguiar published at least nine other historical dramas between 1815 and 1820. Ferdinand Denis appreciated Aguiar's attempt to start a national drama and particularly liked Conquista do Peru, 1818 (Resumé de l'histoire litteraire du Portugal, quoted at length in Innocêncio).*** Innocêncio V, 382; XVI, 146. Porbase locates only one copy, at the Bibloteca Nacional de Portugal. Copac locates copies at the British Library (Lisbon, 1816, printer not stated) and Cambridge University (same imprint as our copy, but noting for the author "Nanoel [i.e. Manoel].". Bookseller Inventory # 24446

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Title: Os dous irmãos inimigos. Tragedia.

Publisher: Lisbon, Na Impressão Regia, 1816.

Publication Date: 1816

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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