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Verdadeira noticia de hum horroroso caso, succedido no Reino de França, que referido em huma Carta se communicou a Corte de Madrid, e daqui se remetteo a esta de Lisboa; traduzido tudo da lingoa franceza por J.L. da C. e S.

BIVOU, Louis de].

Published by Lisbon, Na Offic. de Domingos Rodrigues, 1757., 1757
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4°, disbound. Large woodcut ornament on title page. Lightly browned. Overall in good to very good condition. 7. (1) pp. *** First and Only Edition in Portuguese. After a short account of the daily activities of Louis XV of France in early January 1757, the author describes an attempt on the king's life on January 5. As the king was leaving Versailles for the Trianon, the would-be assassin slipped through the line of guards and stabbed the king in the side. The exact position and depth of the wound are given, as are a description of the weapon and the treatment given to the king (he was bled once, then again "para mayor segurança").This account, signed (in print) by Luiz Bivou and dated 8 January 1757, was published so quickly that the assassin's name was apparently not yet public.The assassin, Robert-François Damiens, was executed in the gruesome manner reserved for regicides in March 1757. He was the last person in France to be executed by drawing and quartering. His fate was cited by Beccaria when he condemned torture and the death penalty in his classic treatise On Crimes and Punishments (1764), and mentioned in Thomas Paine's Rights of Man, 1791, as an example of the harshness of despotic governments and justification of the cruelty of the mobs during the French Revolution.*** Gonçalves Rodrigues, A tradução em Portugal 929. Coimbra, Miscelâneas 7370 and 7883. Palha 4479. Translator not in Guerra Andrade, Dicionário de pseudónimos e iniciais de escritores portugueses. Porbase locates five copies, all at the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal. Not located in Copac. Bookseller Inventory # 24265

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Title: Verdadeira noticia de hum horroroso caso, ...

Publisher: Lisbon, Na Offic. de Domingos Rodrigues, 1757.

Publication Date: 1757

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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