Lisboa: Livraria Central de Gomes de Carvalho, 1904. First edition. 8vo, 302 pp, index + errata bound in at rear. Illustrated in b/w. Rebound, likely at an early date, in light blue cloth, with the original pictorial wraps - illustrated by José Leite - preserved.
The first edition of the second full length book devoted to Fado, which followed the publication of Carvalho's Historia do Fado by just one year. Pimentel draws substantially different conclusions than Carvalho, by characterizing Fado as being essentially an urban product of Southern Portugal, and thus disregarding rural contributions to the form, a distinction which he furthered with the publication of a sequel of sorts, As alegres canções do norte the following year. Unlike Carvalho, Pimentel includes musical transcriptions in his work, and the extensive biographical notes, bibliography, and lyrics make it a landmark work of scholarship.
[References: Silva pp. 166-68, Vernon pp. 3, 7.]
Interior lightly toned, with the binding overopened between pp. 8-9. Two previous owner's signatures to title page, and occasional notations throughout in graphite and colored pencil. Cloth rebinding faded at spine and bumped at extremities. About very good. Item #24959