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Sonho poema erotico, que ás beneficas mãos do . Principe do Brasil offerece .

SOYÉ, Luis Rafael.

Published by Lisbon, Offic. Patr. de Francisco Luiz Ameno, 1786., 1786
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8°, later plain beige wrappers (worn, torn, piece missing at lower inner margin of front cover), old ink vertical manuscript title on spine Engraved vignette on title page. A total of 16 engraved head and tail pieces, some rather large and elegant, in colors. Small defect to title page at inner margin. Occasional light foxing. Uncut. Overall in good condition. lxxxviii, 125 pp. Page 88 incorrectly numbered 85. *** FIRST EDITION of this poem in six cantos in "oitava rythma". There is a reprint of Seville, 2007. Innocêncio judges the prologue erudite and worthwhile reading. Of the poem itself he says that while it was in his time largely forgotten, it was still of merit for its good language and versification, liveliness, and for the singular grace of its pastoral scenes.Some copies contain one or even two portraits, not present here, and apparently lacking in the majority of copies recorded.Two of the engraved head and tail pieces are signed "Debrie" (probably Guilherme Francisco Lourenço Debrie). Six others are signed "Le Bouteux" or "Le Bx", and four of these are dated 1752. The engraver, Miguel le Bouteux (i.e. Jean Baptiste Michel le Bouteux, 1682-1764) came to Portugal under D. João V and worked there from 1728 until his death. Soares judges him the superior of Debrie and Rochefort, his compatriots who came to Portugal at the same time. One is signed [Pierre Antoine] "Quillard", a most talented artist. Soyé (1760-1828) was born in Madrid, but taken to Lisbon by his parents while very young. After they died, he became the protégé of João de Saldanha Oliveira e Sousa, later first Conde de Rio-maior, who saw that he was taught painting and engraving as well as the humanities. (The allegorical frontispiece of this volume, on the fourth preliminary leaf, was designed by Soyé.) Soyé joined the Franciscan Order and studied at Coimbra, then obtained a breve de secularisação, and in 1802 was sent to France by D. Rodrigo de Sousa Coutinho to buy books for the newly formed Biblioteca Pública in Lisbon. While there he wrote several poems in praise of Napoleon, which made it impossible for him to return to Portugal after the Bragança restoration. He spent the rest of his life in Rio de Janeiro, where he became a naturalized Brazilian, and was eventually appointed secretary of the Academia das Bellas-Artes.*** Innocêncio V, 316-9 (calling for a portrait of the Prince D. José). Sacramento Blake V, 456-8 (also calling for a portrait of D. José). JCB, Portuguese and Brazilian Books 786/6 (JCB copy without any portraits). On Le Bouteux, Debrie, and Quillard, see Soares, História da gravura artística em Portugal. Porbase locates six copies (without mention of any portrait): three in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, two at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, and one in the Biblioteca Municipal de Elvas. Copac repeats British Library only. NUC: DLC, WiU, InU, MH, RPB, CtY; calling for 2 portraits including a frontispiece. Bookseller Inventory # 39224

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Title: Sonho poema erotico, que ás beneficas mãos ...

Publisher: Lisbon, Offic. Patr. de Francisco Luiz Ameno, 1786.

Publication Date: 1786

Binding: Soft cover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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