Sermam, que pregou o P. Antonio Vieira da Companhia de Iesus na misericordia da Bahia de todos os santos em dia da visitação de Nossa Senhora Orago da Casa : assistindo o Marques de Montaluão Visorrey duquelle estado do Brasil, & foy primeiro, que ouuio naquella prouincia

About this item: António Vieira. Sermam, que pregou o P. Antonio Vieira da Companhia de Iesvs na misericordia da Bahia de todos os Santos em dia da Visitação de Nossa Senhora Orago da Casa : assistindo o Marqves de Montaluão Visorrey daquelle estado do Brasil, & foy o primeiro, que ouuio naquella Prouincia Lisbon: Domingos Lopes Rosa, 1646. [Sermon preached by Father António Vieira of the Society of Jesus in the almshouse of Bahia de Todos os Santos on the visitation of Our Lady of Mercy: in attendance was the Marquis of Montalvão, Viceroy of that state of Brazil and was the first that he heard in that province.]

António Vieira

Born in Lisbon, António Vieira received a Jesuit education in Brazil and returned to Portugal at the behest of Montalvão following the acclamation of Dom João IV at the end of the (Spanish-controlled) dual monarchy in 1640. A talented linguist with exceptional skill at the pulpit, Vieira became the King’s royal preacher and a diplomatic force. Following the death of João IV, he returned to Brazil to continue his mission of converting the Indians and African slaves. He is regarded as the best Portuguese prose writer of his day.

Chronica da Companhia de Jesv do estado do Brasil: e do qve obrarão sevs filhos nesta parte do Novo mvndo. Tomo primeiro: da entrada da Companhia de Jesv nas partes do Brasil. E dos fvndamentos qve nellas lançârão, & continuàrão seus religiosos em quanto alli trabalhou o padre Manoel da Nobrega, fundador, & primeiro prouincial desta prouincia, com sua vida, & morte digna de memoria: e algṽas Noticias antecedentes curiosas, & necessarias das cousas dequelle estado

About this item: Simão de Vasconcelos. Chronica da Companhia de Jesv do estado do Brasil: e do qve obrarão sevs filhos nesta parte do Novo mvndo. Tomo primeiro: da entrada da Companhia de Jesv nas partes do Brasil.  dos fvndamentos qve nellas lançârão, & continuàrão seus religiosos em quanto alli trabalhou o padre Manoel da Nobrega, fundador, & primeiro Prouincial desta Prouincia, com sua vida, & morte digna de memoria: e Algas Noticias Antecedentes curiosas, & necessarias das cousas daquelle estado, pello Padre Simão de Vasconcellos da mesma companhia.Lisbon: H. Valente de Oliveira, 1663.  [Chronicle of the Society of Jesus in the State of Brazil. And on what its children produced in this part of the New World. Volume one. On the arrival of the Society of Jesus in parts of Brazil. Of the fundamentals the religious ones set forth and continue in these parts when Father Manoel da Nóbrega, founder and first director of the local Jesuit house in this province, worked there for his entire life and whose demise is worthy of memory: and some curious and necessary notices about things in that state, by Father Simão de Vasconcelos of the same company].

Simão de Vasconcelos

Vasconcelos was born in Portugal and received a Jesuit education in humanities, philosophy and religion. He spent time in Brazil as a youngster and returned there as a member of the Society of Jesuits in 1641 alongside António Vieira and the son of the Marquis of Montalvão. Vasconcelos' history of the Jesuits in Brazil bears the distinction of being one of the most beautifully printed books of its time. It was also a subject of some controversy because Vasconcelos hypothesized that the earthly paradise was located in Brazil.

Erario mineral, utilissimo, naõ so' para os professores de cirurgia, que residem na America portugueza ... mas universalmente para todos

About this item: Luís Gomes Ferreira. Erario mineral, utilissimo, naõ so' para os professores de Cirurgia, que residem na America Portugueza ... mas universalmente para todosTom. II. Lisbon: Manoel da Silva, 1755. [Mineral Treasure, highly useful not only for professors of surgery who reside in Portuguese America. . . but universally for everyone.]

Luís Gomes Ferreira

This is volume two of the book’s second edition. The Lilly Library also owns volume one as well as the single-volume first edition that appeared in 1735. Charles R. Boxer wrote of the second edition: “This book about Brazilian medicine during the colonial period is extremely rare.” Published in Lisbon, the 1755 edition was revised and enlarged; with the exception of this one and perhaps one or two others, all second editions were destroyed shortly after printing by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. The work is a compilation of medical practices described by the barber-surgeon Ferreira based on his twenty-year residence and practice of medicine in Minas Gerais. Apart from its value as a source for the history of tropical medicine and, more particularly, the state of surgery and medicine in eighteenth-century Brazil, the book is a fascinating source for the social history of Minas Gerais. The pages displayed describe the author’s own throat sores.

Viola de Lereno: collecção de suas cantigas, offerecidas aos seus amigos.

About this item: Domingos Caldas Barbosa. Viola de Lereno: collecção de suas cantigas, offerecidas aos seus amigosVolume I. Lisbon: Officina Nunesiana, 1798. [Lereno’s Guitar: collection of his cantigas offered to his friends.]

Domingos Caldas Barbosa

Son of a Portuguese and a freed Angolan slave woman, Domingos Caldas Barbosa was educated in a Jesuit school in Rio, where he showed an early talent for rhymes that often got him into trouble. After being conscripted and sent to the Portuguese colony of Sacramento, he returned to Rio and from there traveled to Lisbon, where he came under noble patronage. A frequent guest and entertainer in high society, he was widely known by his literary name, Lereno. The first Brazilian music to be heard in Portugal, his lively African-inspired lunduns and modinhas, with musical accompaniment on his guitar, were extremely popular in Portugal—so popular, in fact, that he was a source of aggravation for Bocage, Portugal’s most distinguished poet at the time. The book on display is a collection of pamphlets that were published during his lifetime. The poem displayed is about the coita or suffering at the hands of love. According to bibliographic sources, there are few copies of this first edition in existence.

On loan from the library of Professor Emeritus Heitor Martins.

Correio do porto

About this item: Correio do Porto. Extraordinario. Sexta Feira 6 de Julho de 1821.Rio de Janeiro: Typographia Regia, 1821.

Correio do Porto

Official newspaper from July 6, 1821, that announced King João VI’s return to Lisbon from Rio de Janeiro, where he resided for many years as a result of the Napoleonic invasion of Portugal in 1807. Dom João left his son, Prince Pedro, to govern Brazil in his absence. After corresponding with his father over his own decision not to return to Portugal, Pedro declared Brazil’s independence in 1822.