Pamphlet, five engravings on three sheets, stitched in wrappers, extremely rare. Portuguese text with old ink mss. English translations. Wrappers foxed and soiled, some creasing.
A rare set of engravings, four of the public torture and execution of the Távora family, and a fifth showing their bodies on display before being burned, having been accused of plotting the assassination of King Joseph I. On September 3rd, 1758 Joseph was shot and wounded on his return from seeing his mistress, Teresa Leonor, wife of Luis Bernardo, heir of the Távora family. The Prime Minister, Sebastião de Melo, blamed the Távoras, had them all arrested and sentenced them all to death (although most of the women and children were reprieved after an appeal by the queen). They were publicly tortured and executed on January 13, 1759, on a specially-constructed stage in a field outside Lisbon, watched by the king and his court. The ground was then salted to prevent vegetation; the field is now a square in Lisbon called Terreiro Salgado ('the salty ground'). Gabriel Malagrida, the Jesuit confessor of Marchioness Leonor of Távora, was also arrested and was burned at the stake in 1761. His 'complicity' was one of the grounds given for the outlawing of the Jesuits the same year; all its estates were confiscated and all Jesuits expelled from Portuguese territory, both in Europe and the colonies.
[Ref: 28561] £350.00