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- Cunha, Luiz da, 1662-1749.
- Other title:
- Testamento político.
- [Portugal?, between 1750 and 1799?]
47 leaves : paper ; 203 x 155 (178 x 130) mm. bound to 207 x 165 mm.
- Inquisition -- Portugal -- Early works to 1800.
Portugal -- Politics and government -- 1706-1750.
Manuscripts, Portuguese -- 18th century.
- Portuguese, with occasional words in Latin and French.
- Portuguese ambassador in Vienna, the Hague, and Paris.
- Advice about reform in Portugal, including concerns about the Inquisition, addressed to Prince Joseph, who took an active role in ruling Portugal after his father, King John V, suffered a stroke in 1742.
- Ms. codex.
Title from title page (f. 1r); later published under the title Testamento político.
Collation: Paper, 47; 1⁷ 2¹² 3⁸ 4¹² 5⁸; [1-47], modern foliation in pencil, lower right recto.
Layout: Written in 24 long lines.
Script: Written in cursive script by a single hand.
Decoration: Double-ruled border on title page (f. 1r).
Binding: Contemporary (18th-century) mottled calf; gilt florets and letters C.M. on spine; paper label with blue border and number 1915 in ink on spine.
Origin: Probably written in Portugal, in the second half of the 18th century (Kestenbaum).
- Formerly owned by Adolpho Soares Cardozo (Porto, Portugal; stamp on title page, f. 1r).
Formerly owned by antiquarian bookdealer and collector Alfonso Cassuto (Lisbon; label inside upper cover; embossed stamp, f. 1r).
Sold at auction at Kestenbaum & Company as part of the Alfonso Cassuto collection, Part 2, 23 June 2011, lot 44.
- Cite as:
- UPenn Ms. Codex 1616
- Joseph, King of Portugal, 1714-1777, recipient.
Cardozo, Adolpho Soares, former owner.
Cassuto, Alfonso, 1910-1999, former owner.