Madrid, L. Sanchez 1598.
4to. [iix], 180 [r. 183],  leaves. TEN LARGE WOODCUT EMBLEMS, FULL-PAGE WOODCUT FLOOR PLAN OF AN ALMSHOUSE and a woodcut portrait of the author.
CONTEMPORARY CALF over soft paper boards decorated with a blind portrait roll, fleurons, GILT DAISIES AND A PASCHAL LAMB (18th-century rebacking), spine and red morocco label gilt (base of the front hinge cracked), printer’s waste pastedowns.
"Outstanding" (Mackay). Only Edition of this plan for A STATE FUNDED PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM AND POOR RELIEF PROGRAM. An emblem introduces each of the ten essays, which treat hospital sanitation and kitchen gardens, care of disabled veterans, migrant Muslims, prisoners and the indigent, housing for the working poor and government subsidized textile and tapestry manufacture to employ the homeless. Not in Goldsmiths’-Kress, Praz, Landwehr or the standard medical bibliographies. Three copies in the U.S. In good condition (slightly browned), canceled title inscription dated 1724.
¶Cruz, Discourses on Poverty 62; Mackay, "Lazy, Improvident People": Myth and Reality in the Writing of Spanish History 91; Colmeiro, Biblioteca de los económistas españoles 325; Campa, Emblemata hispanica SS1; Granjel, Medicina española II: 102, 120 & 122; Palau 221110.