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Os frades, ou reflexões philosophicas sobre as corporações regulares.

MACEDO, José Agostinho de.

Published by Lisbon, Na Impressão Regia, 1830., 1830
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4 works in 1 volume. 4°, contemporary half sheep over marbled boards (some minor wear at extremities), text block edges sprinkled red. Woodcut Portuguese royal arms on title-pages. A few small stains. Overall in very good to fine condition. Ownership inscription of the Conde de Mafra (Tomás de Mello Breyner), dated 9-VI-1931, on front flyleaf. Inscription in same hand at bottom of rear pastedown endleaf saying the book was given by D. Carlota B. de Meirelles on that date. (2 ll.), 76 pp. *** FIRST EDITION of this survey and defense of the accomplishments of Christian religious orders across history and worldwide. Macedo lists the most prominent Portuguese members of such orders, including literary figures.Macedo (1761-1831) was a prolific writer of prose and verse, 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, an absolutist in politics and a fervent supporter of D. Miguel, 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, 197. 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 at Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal and one more at Biblioteca João Paulo II-Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Copac adds a copy at British Library. NUC: DLC, MiU, MH, ICN, WW.*** BOUND WITH: MACEDO, José Agostinho de. Os Jesuitas, ou o problema que resolveo . Lisbon: Na Impressão Regia, 1830. 4°, clean and crisp. 27 pp.FIRST EDITION of this work addressing the question of whether the Jesuits are necessary for the preservation of Church and State, and hence should be readmitted to Portugal, after being exiled by the Marques de Pombal in 1759. Macedo believes they have done much wrong but also have many virtues, and recommends that they be allowed to return, because they are capable of helping to reestablish the Portuguese character by taking a firm grip on the education of youth.* Innocêncio IV, 197. Not located in BLC. NUC: DLC-P4, DCU, MH. OCLC: 54396330 (University of California-Berkeley, Newberry Library, University of Kansas, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library-University of Toronto); 959001574 (Biblioteca de Arte Calouste Gulbenkian); 82687727 (Harvard University). Porbase locates eight copies at Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal and one more at Biblioteca João Paulo II-Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Not located in Copac.AND BOUND WITH:MACEDO, José Agostinho de. Os Jesuitas, e as letras, ou a pergunta respondida. Lisbon: Na Impressão Regia, 1830. 4°, brownstain on final leaf (mostly marginal). 36 pp.FIRST EDITION. Macedo defends the thesis that Jesuit works on the sciences would be adequate for the preservation of knowledge and civilization, if all other writings on the subject were destroyed. He also argues that had the Jesuits not been suppressed, there would never have been a French Revolution ("Esta desastrada Revolução, que tantas calamidades trouxe comsigo ao Mundo").* Innocêncio IV, 197. Not located in BLC. NUC: MH, DCU-IA. OCLC: 64993137 (Newberry Library, Harvard University, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library-University of Toronto); 867813752 (digitized from the Harvard copy). Porbase locates five copies at Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal and two at Biblioteca João Paulo II-Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Not located in Copac.AND BOUND WITH:VENTURA (di Raulica), P. Gioacchino, S.J. Elogio do summo Pontifice. Bookseller Inventory # 22229

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Title: Os frades, ou reflexões philosophicas sobre ...

Publisher: Lisbon, Na Impressão Regia, 1830.

Publication Date: 1830

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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