Portuguese Studies Review

ISSN 1057-1515
Appearing since 1991
Formerly published by the ICGP (International Conference Group on Portugal)
The PSR is an international academic forum for the study of countries, regions, communities, and institutions sharing, exploring, transforming, or developing a Portuguese, Brazilian, or other Luso-related heritage  
Multi-lingual peer-reviewed research journal. Articles, review essays, and book reviews in English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish    

PSR Monograph Series

The Portuguese Studies Review Monograph Series

See also our edited volumes. Our approach is an echo of the war-cry with which Alain Guerreau invited scholars, back in 2001, to “éradiquer la logique diabolique du morcellement”, in an explicit critique of a bailiwick-based fragmentation of knowledge. The PSR is committed to the notion that crossing and re-crossing intellectual boundaries is what creates pathways along which new knowledge, new data, new meanings for old data, and new solutions are found and tested.

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Volume 1 (2013-2016): Martin Malcolm Elbl, Portuguese Tangier (1471-1662): Colonial Urban Fabric as Cross-Cultural Skeleton
ISBN 9780921437505
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Volume 2 (2014): James William Nelson Novoa, Being the Nação in the Eternal City: New Christian Lives in Sixteenth-Century Rome
ISBN 9780921437529

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Volume 3 (2018): Fernanda Olival, The Military Orders and the Portuguese Expansion (15th to 17th Centuries) (Engl. trans. by James William Nelson Novoa and Martin Malcolm Elbl)
ISBN 9780921437543

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Volume 4 (2019):
Martin Malcolm Elbl and Ivana Elbl, The Carteggio of a Renaissance Portuguese Abbot in the Badia di Firenze (Comprehensive Analytical Catalogue and Epistolary Networking Analysis of Codex Ashburnham 1792, Parts 1 and 2 (Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence))
ISBN 9780921437536

The book combines the two core parts of the catalogue that had to be published in the PSR separately, due to space constraints. For a pre-release of the basic data to the research community, see here (Part One) and here (Part Two) (Academia.edu). The book version offers an updated, expanded and enhanced catalogue, adds a much more comprehensive introductory study, includes extensive indexing (persons, places, concepts, dates), and presents a full epistolary networking analysis with visualizations
. Data from the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, Sala Manoscritti, is being added to the volume to corroborate and fine-tune contextual chronology. On behalf of the authors, Baywolf Press and the PSR thank the BML (Firenze) and the Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo for their sustained assistance.

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Volume 5 (2019):
Melegueta ... Malagueta! African Spice, Portuguese Voyages: A Culinary Adventure across Cultures and through Time, Before the Chili Pepper

The volume is based on extensive archival research, and presents, among other, historical European wholesale and retail price series for Aframomum melegueta, including series derived from the account books and commercial correspondence of the Datini firm (1390s to 1411), preserved in the Archivio di Stato di Prato, Fondo di Francesco di Marco Datini.
On behalf of the authors, Baywolf Press and the PSR thank the Archivio di Stato di Prato.


Volume 6 (2019): Paul Christopher Manuel,
The Captains of April Speak: Revisiting the Portuguese Revolution of 25 April 1974 -- Interviews and Insights
ISBN 9780921437604


Volume 7 (2019): Luís Costa e Sousa,
On the Art of War: Battlefield Design in Early Modern Portugal
ISBN 9780921437581

Medium-Term Commitments: In Preparation (Layout in Progress, Digital Atlas and Index Compilation in Progress)

Volume 9 (2019):
The Book of Valentim Fernandes: An Early Geographical and Historical "Print" that Never Went to Press (English Translation with Mirror Portuguese Text from the Original MS), 2 vols. (estimated at c. 600 pages) (true line-for-line mirror edition, formatting and lacunae preserved)

The edition will present a first ever English translation, as well as a mirror text in Portuguese (carefully verified palaeographic transcription). The Portuguese text brings additional corrections and clarifications to the Bensaúde & Baião version (1940; 1997 [corrected, updated and reissued by José Pereira da Costa]). The corrections result from a close study of the original MS (Codex [monacensis] hispanicus 27) held in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich. Various contentious aspects were addressed using digital enhancement of high-quality full-color images of the codex. The edition will include a complete codicological analysis, as well as a historical introduction, auxiliary studies, annotations, bibliography, and index. On behalf of the author, Baywolf Press and the PSR thank the Bayerische Staatsibliothek for access to digital research materials.

Further Volumes : Planned and In Preparation (Book Design Completed, Pre-Press Layout in Progress)

Volume Number Not Assigned (2019): Esmeraldo de Situ Orbis: New English Translation and Mirror Portuguese Text

This translation of a well-known source of undeniable value for the history of exploration, cartography, Atlantic navigation, and the history of Africa is designed to supersede the classic, perennially reprinted, but entirely outdated G. H. T. Kimble version published by the Hakluyt Society in 1937, whose notes and bibliographic apparatus have become severely antiquated at least thirty years ago. The volume, already contracted and in preparation, will present a mirror Portuguese text, carefully cross-checked against existing editions and against the extant MS ("Principio do Esmeraldo de situ orbis / feito e composto por Duarte Pacheco, caualeiro da Caza del Rey Dom João o Segundo de Portugal ...", BN (Lisboa), COD 888). We thank the BNP (Biblioteca Nacional Digital) for assistance. Palaeographic corrections and codicological annotations will be highlighted in the edition, to facilitate comparative study.

The books are sold separately from any PSR subscription, as will be the PSR Edited Volumes. Proposals and manuscripts have been going through the review and acceptance process. A selection of volumes under consideration is listed below. Early-stage proposals are not listed.

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