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Miranda, João Cardoso de.  Relaçaõ cirurgica, e médica, na qual se trata, e declara especialmente hum novo methodo para curar a infecçaõ escorbutica, ou mal de Loanda, e todos os seus productos, fazendo para isso manifestos dous especificos, e muy particulares remedios. Lisboa: Na officina de Miguel Rodrigues, impressor, 1747. Folio (30 cm, 11.75"). [26] ff., 235, [1] pp.
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The true first edition: The copies with 1741 on the title-page were actually printed in 1752, as the dates of the licences clearly demonstrate. Also, those copies are, as expected with a second edition, in smaller format, i.e., quarto.
        Cardoso de Miranda was a “cirurgiam approvado, natural da Freguezia de S. Martinho de Cambres junto á cidade de Lamego, e de presente assistente nesta da Bahia de todos os Santos” as proclaimed on the title-page. He also practiced medicine in Minas Geraes, and owned a galleon engaged in commerce with Africa. His work covers the treatment of tropical diseases, fevers, gonorrhea, scurvy, etc. The text includes letters addressed to the author from various Brazilian physicians, along with a tribute in verse addressed to the book itself.
        Borba de Moraes writes of the Relaçaõ cirurgica: "a famous book of Brazilian medicine. The text is seldom studied because of the rarity of both editions." Searches of NUC and WorldCat find only three U.S. libraries (RPJCB, DNLM, NNNAM) reporting ownership of the first edition.
        Binding: Modern calf excellently executed in the18th-century style, gilt extra spine with red leather gilt label; boards with modestly elegant gilt roll at perimeter of boards, plain endpapers.

Alden & Landis 747/30; Borba de Moraes, Bibliographia brasiliana (1983 ed.), p. 572; Silva, Diccionário bibliografico portuguez, III, p. 338 (J582); Blake, NLM 18th Century, p. 78. Binding as above, in excellent condition. Complex stain in inner margins beginning at half-title and extending to folio [21] of the preliminaries, ever diminishing, else very nice throughout and handsomely printed.  (39971)   Please RESHELVE This.


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