Diplomatic and General History
With thanks to Drª Clara Andrade, Municipal Librarian at Lagoa, for readily supplying the image from the title and dedicatory pages of the volume of 1752, and for permission to use them. Thanks are also due to Malcolm Justins for help with the Latin, and Isabel Macieira for help with translating the opaque Portuguese.
When I entered the Municipal Library at Lagoa in September, 2015, I was astonished to see on display an old volume dedicated to João Bristow's. It was opened at the title page. This book was a copy of the first of the Décadas da Ásia by João de Barros, the earliest and perhaps the most famous of the historians of the Portuguese Empire. This particular volume was published in 1752 and the bottom of the title page shows: Printed at the cost of Reinerio Bocache, Bookseller, resident at Old Conceição Square. (Impressa à custa de Reinerio Bocache, Mercador de livros; morador no Largo da Conceição Velha).
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