This work or "obrezica" as it was called by the author, an "expertissimo" doctor of arts and medicine, was produced in reply to a request for information from a "nobleman, greatly his superior", whose wife, "a woman of fine complexion and moderate exercise, content, and leading an honest life, had given birth to three or four stillborn children after only six months pregnancy".
Why? Damián Carbón offers an explanation, aware of "the difficulties of this subject and the disproportionate language used for this subject matter".
The print which illustrates the title page is accompanied by text in red and black ink, all of which is set within a frame of woodcut details, and portrays the meeting between the Virgin Mary and her cousin, Saint Elizabeth. There are two other internal title pages, also framed, including a print of the Annunciation.
The work closes with a beautiful, framed engraving which depicts a writer seated at his desk.
We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Libro del arte de las comadres o madrinas y del regimiento...": Libro del arte de las comadres o madrinas y del regimiento de las preñadas y paridas y de los niños facsimile edition, published by Vicent Garcia Editores, 2000Request Info / Price