Discvrsos Del Amparo De Los Legitimos Pobres de la fundacion de los Albergues.

Madrid, L. Sanchez, 1598. 4to. [iix], 180 [r. 183], [1] leaves. FULL-PAGE WOODCUT PLAN OF AN ALMSHOUSE, WOODCUT PORTRAIT OF THE AUTHOR & TEN LARGE TEXT WOODCUT EMBLEMS, royal arms on title. Contemporary calf over soft paper boards, panels alike with medallion & portrait roll outer border, central rectangle with gilt corner fleurons, gilt daisy tools & gilt paschal lamb in middle (18th century rebacking), spine & red morocco label gilt (base of front hinge cracked), printer’s waste pastedowns. ONLY EDITION: THE MOST EXTENSIVE WORK ON POOR RELIEF IN 16TH CENTURY SPAIN, AND THE ONLY RENAISSANCE SPANISH ECONOMIC TREATISE TO HAVE ITS PROGRAM IMPLEMENTED BY THE GOVERNMENT. Granjel sees the origins of our own attitudes in Pérez’s revolutionary government funded system: “La enfermedad y la pobreza se han convertido ahora en ‘objetos públicos’ para el Estado moderno y en consecuencia será también el ordenamiento social y político el que segregará el nuevo concepto a la vez político, arquitectónico y sanitario de los hospitales y de su funcionalidad”. Introduced by emblems, these essays cover hostels, health care for disabled veterans and the indigent, the kitchen garden, production and sales of tapestries, dyeing wool and putting professional vagabonds to work. Among Philip III’s most trusted advisors, the author was physician for the royal navy. He regularly made prison rounds and personally endowed a poor hospital. Not in Goldsmiths’-Kress, Einaudi, Penney or the standard medical bibliographies. In good condition (lightly browned), cancelled title inscription dated 1724.Colmeiro, Bib. de los económistas españoles 325; Palgrave II: 302-3; Palau 221110; Granjel, Medicina española II: 102 & 120 & 122; Campa, Emblemata hispanica SS1. Item #5865

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