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Cura de la piedra y dolor de la ijada y colica rrenal.

Julián GUTIÉRREZ (Author)

Pedro Hagembach (Printer)

Origin: Toledo, XV c.
Biblioteca Histórica de la Universitat de València. Coedition with Universitat de València.

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Inc. 205
Facsimile. Incunabula. Collection of Incunabula and Old Books.

20,5 x 28,5 cm.
89+3 crd.
178+6 crd.
4th April 1498.
28th May 2004.
Parchment on wooden board.
Presentation dust jacket cloth lined with gold engraved leather spine containing facsimile.
Numbered by notary and signed by the printer-publisher.
Specially made laid paper.
Optional: Study in Spanish: author yet to be determined. Included in
Bibliofilia Antigua X.
Two issues exist: a set of copies of one issue show a picture of the saints Cosme and Damian, as well as the title, as a title page . The set of copies of the second issue offers, on the other hand, a title in the centre of the front of that first page. Text in Spanish in two columns. Gothic script in two font sizes, including the doggy "r" (perruna = analogy with the growl of a dog = perro). Running titles. Typographical mark. Indicating privilege and tax.

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It's well known that many incunabula and post-incunabula books do not have a proper title page. The common solution used by some printers is to show in the centre on the first page, a more or less abbreviated title, leaving blank that side of the page, starting on that side, possibly in a table (as happens in this case).

The example cited shows the title like this: Cura de la piedra y dolor de la yjada y colica rrenal (The cure for the painful stones and renal colic). But as it happens in some of the examples, there are thought to be two copies within the same edition. On the second version, on the first sheet appears a xylographic engraving representing St. Cosme and St. Damian.

One has to reach the heading of the prologue where the author introduces himself: the book is "made and dedicated to God: and to the Virgin and the mother, his and our Lady by Dr. Julián Gutiérrez de Toledo, physicist of the very excellent King Don Fernando and Queen Ysabel, reigning Spain". At the end of that same prologue, there is a summary by the author that is worth looking at. "In the first part I will show the causes that create stones, following the doctrine laid down by philosophers and doctors. In the second part I will explain signs and diagnosis. And in the third part, I will explain how to prevent the illness. In the fourth part I will show you the cure. In the fifth part, I will tackle any doubts".


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AC History of art / art & design styles
ACN History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600
ACND Renaissance art
AFF Drawing & drawings
AFH Prints & printmaking
AFJ Other graphic art forms
AFT Decorative arts
DNF Literary essays
DSBB Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
HBJD European history
HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
MBX History of medicine
MFC Anatomy
MJR Renal medicine & nephrology
PDX History of science
WCS Antiques & collectables: books, manuscripts, ephemera & printed matter

1D Europe
1DSE Spain
1DSEG Castilla-La Mancha, Autonomous Community
2ADS Spanish
3H c 1000 CE to c 1500