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Libro de las grandezas y cosas memorables de España.

Pedro DE MEDINA (Author)

Dino de Robertis (Printer)

Origin: Seville, XVI c.
Bibliothèque Municipale de Toulouse (Bibliothèque d'etude et du patrimoine) - France

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

22 x 31 cm.
202+6 crd.
404+12 crd.
8th August 1549.
6th February 2011.
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 XIV.
Coloured title page .

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Pedro de Medina must have been born in Seville in the late XV century and possibly died there in 1567. It is especially known for his Arte de navegar that printed in 1545 the vallisoletano workshop of Francisco Fernández de Cordoba. His life was spent in the vicinity of the Indies Trade House but failed to hold any official position, despite their efforts and controversies in which he was embroiled. Also in 1552 published another of his successful books, Regimiento de navegación.

A modern editor rated this Libro de las grandezas y cosas memorables de España, by the Seville cosmographer and humanist, as "First guide of the Imperial Spain". The author did not intend to actually write a new History of Spain, preceded as usual by a geographical introduction, as we see in the works of Lucius Marineus Siculus (De rebus Hispaniae memorabilibus) and Diego de Valera (Crónica de España), but summarizing what they found in his predecessors is devoted to describing and extolling the peninsular regions: towns, shrines, monuments, landforms, natural phenomena, and the miraculous or heroic deeds performed by God or by the Spanish in each of the sites. Inevitably accumulates legends but also reaches the category of priceless testimonial document about populations and monuments up to mid-sixteenth century.

Like the rest of his books this work also met many reissues from the editio princeps of Seville, 1548. In Alcalá de Henares we discovered a curious publishing history of this book in the years 1566 and 1568, and then in the years 1590 and 1595, this time with Diego Pérez de Mesa acting as editor and annotator of the work.


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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
AMX History of architecture
DNF Literary essays
DSBD Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
HBJ Regional & national history
HBJD European history
HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
HBTP Historical geography
HBTP1 Historical maps & atlases
HBW Military history
JFCA Popular culture
WCS Antiques & collectables: books, manuscripts, ephemera & printed matter
WTL Travel writing

1D Europe
1DDF France
1DSE Spain
1DSEA Andalucia, Autonomous Community
2ADS Spanish
3JB c 1500 to c 1600