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Notas de viagem 1878-1879.

ORTIGÃO, [José Duarte] Ramalho.

  • Publisher: Rio de Janeiro, Typ. da Gazeta de Noticias, 1879.
Rio de Janeiro, Typ. da Gazeta de Noticias, 1879.. First Edition in book form. 8°, recent crimson full morocco, inner dentelles gilt, all edges gilt, red silk ribbon marker. Faint browning and faint brown-spotting. Pages 167-70 creased during printing but legible. Overall in very good condition. Blue-and-white tag in corner of half title, with manuscript ink shelfmark ("3114 MyL"). (2 ll.), 375 pp., (1 blank l.). *** First edition in book form of essays about the Exposition Universelle in Paris, 1878, written for the Gazeta de Noticias. Among the wide range of topics: the recent funeral of Antonio Augusto Teixeira de Vasconcellos in Paris; literary criticism of recent French works; Edison's phonograph (pp. 61-7), Victor Hugo (pp. 69-73), orpheonistas and choral performances (pp. 73-84), profligacy among the French (pp. 97-113), the crowds, layout, and pavilions of the Exposition (pp. 115-47), the exhibition of French paintings (pp. 149-81, including Bouguereau, Cabanel, Breton, Moreau, and Corot), the Impressionists (pp. 183-97), the art of other nations (pp. 199-234, with the United States on pp. 203-5), furnishings (pp. 235-51), furnishings of the future, including sófas impudicos (pp. 253-73), education (pp. 275-317, including a chapter on kindergarten), meetings of mathematicians, statisticians, women, zoologists, meteorologists, etc. (pp. 319-46), and anthropology (pp. 347-75). Ramalho Ortigão (1836-1915), originally a member of the Romantic school, was a literary critic with a sharp eye for manners and morals and a gift for describing them. He began his career as a journalist in 1859, publishing his first book in 1866. His style was influenced by Teófilo Braga and Eça de Queiroz. With the latter he collaborated on O mysterio da estrada de Cintra, 1871, and founded As farpas, in which the two satirized the foibles and follies of life in Lisbon. (After the first 15 issues, which appeared in 1872, the journal was written and published by Ramalho Ortigão alone for more than a decade.) Ramalho Ortigão is also known for his descriptions of his travels, such as A Hollanda, 1883: "A vivid, witty and charming account of Holland, with malicious side-reflections on Portugal" (Bell, Portuguese Literature p. 322). *** Innocêncio XII, 303: without place or date of printing or name of printer, and calling for (6), 375 pp. Cf. Saraiva & Lopes, História da literatura portuguesa (1976) pp. 901-4. See also Forjaz de Sampaio, História da literatura portuguesa ilustrada IV, 288-90. Not located in Porbase, which lists a 1945 edition. Not located in Jisc, which also lists only the 1945 edition. Not located in Siris. NUC: NIC.

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