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Primeira parte [all published] da Chronica de Cister, onde se contam as cousas principais desta religiam com muytas antiguidades, assi do Reyno de Portugal como de outros muytos da Christandade.

BRITO, Bernardo de.

Published by Lisbon, Pedro Crasbeeck, 1602., 1602
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4°, mid-eighteenth-century mottled sheep (some wear at corners; half dozen pinpoint wormholes near head and foot of spine, covers a bit scraped), spine gilt with raised bands in six compartments, crimson leather lettering piece in second compartment from head, gilt letter, text-block edges rouged. Elegant woodcut initials. Main body of text in two columns. Typographical head- and tailpieces, page dividers. Title page very worn and backed. Repairs at top of gutter margin (mostly where damp had weakened the paper) on 15 or so leaves, with loss of a few letters of text on the versos. Some soiling and dampstains. Some running heads slightly shaved. Engraved title page, (4 ll.), 494 ll. [i.e. 483, lacking B2-7, F1, I1, T1, T8, Gg7-8, Hh8], also lacking a printed title page following the engraved title and an engraved portrait following the preliminary leaves. *** FIRST EDITION. The author died before this work could be completed. Brito (Almeida, 1569-Almeida, 1617), studied at Rome and Florence, entering the Cistercian Order at Alcobaça upon returning to Portugal, and receiving a doctorate in theology from Coimbra University. He was recognized as one of the best writers of his time when he published the first part of the Monarchia lusitana, at the Monastery of Alcobaça, 1597; the second part was published in Lisbon, 1607, and he is still considered one of the masters of Portuguese prose. Bell (Portuguese Literature pp. 206-8) finds the Chronica de Cister a more appealing work than the Monarchia lusitana, since Brito was sometimes uncritical when dealing with historical facts, and the Chronica deals instead with the saints of the Cistercian Order and the life of St. Bernard. As a chronicler Brito's work was of a fairly high level for its time.Innocêncio mentions that it is extremely difficult to find copies of the Chronica with the engraved portrait intact, and does not call for the engraved title. He also states that there were issues with two different title pages; one of the title pages he describes is the engraved title present in this volume. Another edition appeared in Lisbon, 1720.*** Arouca B163. Cruz, Tipografia portuguesa do séc. XVII: A colecção da Biblioteca Nacional, I (all published) 495. Innocêncio I, 372-4. Barbosa Machado I, 524-7. Pinto de Mattos p. 92: "sempre estimada . exemplares são hoje pouco vulgares." Goldsmith B320. Azevedo-Samodães 479: with frontispiece supplied in facsimile and the first leaf defective. Ameal 340: without any mention of engravings. Palha 2447: with only 4 preliminary leaves, no portrait, and narrow margins. Avila-Perez 979. Porbase locates six copies, all at the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, all incomplete with serious defects. NUC: CU-S, DCU-IA, MH (copy described is seriously defective). Bookseller Inventory # 20567

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Title: Primeira parte [all published] da Chronica ...

Publisher: Lisbon, Pedro Crasbeeck, 1602.

Publication Date: 1602

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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