LOPES DE LIMA, José Joaquim. Jornal da viagem de José Joaqium Lopes de Lima de Goa para Lisboa por Bombaim, Suez, Alexandria, e Malta em 1842. Lisbon, Galhardo e Irmãos, 1843.
12mo. Grey interim wrappers; pp. 71, 2 [blank], apart from occasional light spotting a crisp copy of a beautifully printed item.
Rare first edition of this travelogue describing a journey from Portuguese Goa to Lisbon, dedicated to the politician José Joaquim Gomes de Castro, who worked for the foreign ministry. The author had been governor of Portuguese India, until a native revolt forced him to leave Goa in April, 1842. As the central government proved incapable to provide troops from other Portuguese colonies, such as Timor, he sought support from the British in Mumbai, but without success. This little books served as justification of the abandonment of Goa, as well as it is a narrative of the interesting sites on the way to Portugal.
Two copies listed in COPAC, in the BL and at Cambridge.