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Ms. Codex 1656 - Cunha, Luiz da, 1662-1749 - Memorial
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Other: Ms. Codex 1656 - Cunha, Luiz da, 1662-1749 - Memorial
Cunha, Luiz da, 1662-1749.
Memorial [manuscript] / feito por D[om] Luiz da Cunha, sendo decano dos embaixadores da Corte de Versailles e por elle offerecido ao Senhor D[om] José primeiro, sendo principe.
[Portugal?], [between 1750 and 1799?]
Physical description:
32 leaves : paper ; 208 x 150 (173 x 108) mm.
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 cover title; later published under the title Testamento político.
Collation: Paper, i + 32 + i; 1-8⁴; gathering signatures 1, 3, and 8 visible, upper left recto (f. 1r, 9r, 29r); 1-32, contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto. Catchwords on each page, lower right corner.
Layout: Written in 26-28 long lines; vertical bounding lines ruled in lead; quarto format.
Script: Written in semi-cursive script, possibly by more than one hand.
Binding: Contemporary (18th-century) paper wrapper.
Origin: Probably written in Portugal, in the second half of the 18th century (Kestenbaum).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1656
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1656
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