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Luís Vaz de Camões (1524/5-1580)
Luís Vaz de Camões (1524/5-1580)
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Luís Vaz de Camões (1524/5-1580)

OS LUSÍADAS. 1880

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Luís Vaz de Camões (1524/5-1580) Os Lusíadas. 1880 CAMÕES, Luís Vaz de (124/5-1580). Os Lusíadas. Edicao critica-commemorativa do terceiro centenario da morte do grande poeta. Publicada no porto por Emilio Biel. Leipzig: Typographia Giesecke und Devrient, 1880. Deluxe publication of the most important work of the Portuguese language, one of only 12 copies printed on vellum. Frequently compared to Virgil's Aeneid, Camões's epic poem celebrates the discovery of a sea route to India by the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (1469-1524). Written when Camões was an exile in Macau, it was first printed in 1572, three years after the author returned from the Indies. This edition was published by Emilio Biel (i.e. Karl Emil Biel), who was born in Germany in 1838, emigrated to Portugal in about 1860, and died in Porto in 1915. The print run was 100 copies, of which 12 were printed on vellum, this copy – number 6 – assigned to the collector Antonio Augusto de Carvalho Monteiro (1850-1920). Folio (405 x 605mm). The introductory matter printed on thick paper, the main text printed on vellum. 23 steel-engraved plates on india paper and mounted, including portrait frontispiece of Camões and portrait of Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil, steel-engraved dedication leaf, 10 chromolithographic plates at beginning of each canto; limitation leaf, text within printed red rules throughout (faint soiling in margins of gathering 23* and on verso of final leaf). Contemporary three-quarter sheep by Jaime M. Alves of Lisbon, with his small round gilt ticket, gilt spine, lettered in gilt on upper cover, preserving original printed wrapper. Provenance: Antonio Augusto de Carvalho Monteiro (1850-1920) – Mundo do Livro (bookseller's letter about the book and other other items addressed to:) – José Maria de Almeida Garrett (collector of Castelo Branco) – Casa de S. Sebastiao, Castelo Branco (small ink stamp on verso of front wrapper) – J. Pinto Ferreira (bookplate).
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