Regiment Preservatiu e Curatiu de la Pestilencia

Regiment Preservatiu e Curatiu de la Pestilencia

With marginal notes by the author, who was burned by the Inquisition for his work: the fight against the plague by a doctor and poet who converted to Christianity

  1. Poet and doctor Lluís Alcanyís (d. 1506) was a *converso*, a Spaniard descended from converted Jews

  2. Despite authoring a medical text printed countless times, he was killed under suspicion of secretly practicing Judaism

  3. This surviving specimen, printed in 1490 by Nicolau Spíndeler (d. 1508), bears marginal notes from the hand of the author

Regiment Preservatiu e Curatiu de la Pestilencia

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Regiment Preservatiu e Curatiu de la Pestilencia

The splendor of the Spanish Renaissance was marred by the Spanish Inquisition. Many of Spain’s greatest minds were so-called conversos of either Jewish or Muslim origin who, despite having publically converted, continued to be regarded with suspicion and hate, sometimes resulting in their death. Lluís Alcanyís suffered such a fate, but his name has survived along with his medical text, the present specimen of which was owned by the author himself.

Regiment Preservatiu e Curatiu de la Pestilencia

This 15th century medical text is also a highly popular work that has appeared in six editions, nonetheless, the success of the work was not sufficient to save the author Lluís Alcanyís (d. 1506) and his wife from being burnt at the stake by the Spanish Inquisition. Alcanyís was a converso, a Spaniard descended from converted Jews, and came under suspicion of privately practicing Judaism. Countless copies of his works, now declared anathema, were tracked down and destroyed, but others have survived to the present. This incunabulum, an early printed book originating from before 1501, was published in 1490 by Nicolau Spíndeler (d. 1508), a German printer operating in Valencia. It is a treatise on the prevention and treatment of the plague and similar contagion, which also contains advice on gastronomy with specific notes regarding inter alia wine, meat, fish, vegetables, sauces, and a glossary of terms. Additionally, Alcanyís argues for the importance of sleep, both at night and in the form of an afternoon nap, the so-called siesta. The Gothic script of the text is adorned with splendidly engraved initials. This particular specimen is of special significance because of the handwritten notes appearing in the margins, which originate from the hand of Alcanyís himself. Today, a hospital, a foundation, and several clinics associated with the Universitat de València are named after Alcanyís, perhaps as an act of repentance…


Available facsimile editions:
Regiment Preservatiu e Curatiu de la Pestilencia – L19542 nº1 – Biblioteca Valenciana Nicolau Primitiu - Monasterio de San Miguel de los Reyes (Valencia, Spain)
Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 1992
Limited Edition: 3160 copies
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#1 Regiment Preservatiu e Curatiu de la Pestilencia

Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 1992

Publisher: Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 1992
Limited Edition: 3160 copies
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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