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Zargueida, descobrimento da Ilha Madeira, poema heroico.

VASCONCELLOS, Francisco de Paula Medina e.

Published by Lisbon, Na Of. de Simão Thaddeo Ferreira, 1806., 1806
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8°, contemporary mottled sheep (worn at head and foot of spine), flat spine gilt with crimson morocco lettering piece, short-title in gilt, text block edges sprinkled green. Small typographical vignette on title page. Typographical headpiece on p. [v]. Internally crisp and clean, in very good condition. Overall good. Old ink manuscript inscription "Joze Bento Valdez" above imprint on title page. Armorial bookplate of the Condes de Bomfim; letterpress shelf location tag in upper outer corner of front pastedown endleaf. (1 integral blank l.), [iii]-xii p., (2 ll.), 254 p., (1 integral blank l.). *** FIRST EDITION of this rare epic poem on the discovery and of Madeira by Gonçalves Zarco; a second edition appeared in Lisbon, 1886. Innocencio notes that while Medina e Vasconcellos was rather well known in his own day, he became almost unknown later, although his compositions had many good points (". nas muitas composições que nos deixou impressas ha ainda que aproveitar, na opinião de bons endendedores"). Aside from this and another epic, Medina e Vasconcellos wrote lyric poetry in the French style.A native of Madeira (born ca. 1766-70), while a student at Coimbra Medina e Vasconcellos was accused of crimes that he indignantly states he had never even thought of; after a year and a half in prison, he was released on condition that he not return to Coimbra. He went back to Madeira, where in 1823 he was arrested for having contacts with partisans of the constitutional party. Medina e Vasconcellos died in 1824, on his way to serve an eight-year sentence of exile in Cabo-Verde.Provenance: Armorial bookplate ("Condes do Bomfim" appears beneath the arms); see Avelar Duarte, Ex-libris portugueses heráldicos p. 275 (nº 770). The first Conde, José Lucio Travassos Valdez (1787-1862), served in the Peninsular Wars and was in charge of putting down both the rebellion under the Conde de Amarante in 1823 and the Miguelist insurrection in Trás-os-Montes a few years later. He was governor of Madeira and served with Costa Cabral and Rodrigo da Fonseca on the Conselho. When the Maria da Fonte movement broke out he was named commander of the government forces in the south, but having been captured in late 1846 by the Duque de Saldanha, was deported along with his two eldest sons to Angola for the duration of the war. Travassos Valdez's oldest son, José Bento Travassos Valdez, succeeded to the title. The third Conde, José Lucio Travassos Valdez (1841-1926) had been born in Luanda.*** Innocencio III, 24-26; IX, 356. Bell, Portuguese Literature, p. 186-7. Palha 904. Not in Azevedo-Samodaes, Ameal, Avila-Perez or Monteverde. NUC: DLC, MH, MiU, OCL. Bookseller Inventory # 25275

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Title: Zargueida, descobrimento da Ilha Madeira, ...

Publisher: Lisbon, Na Of. de Simão Thaddeo Ferreira, 1806.

Publication Date: 1806

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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