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Incunabula of ‘Castilian Spanish grammar’

  • Castilian Spanish grammar. Madrid © Biblioteca Nacional de España

    Castilian Spanish grammar. Madrid © Biblioteca Nacional de España



Printed documents



Cultural background


Original title

Spanish National Library

Created by Antonio de Nebrija under the patronage of Juan de Zúñiga, it is considered to be the first grammar of the Spanish language and the first in a vulgar tongue to be printed in Europe.

In spite of the fact that Spanish was not regarded as a ‘language of culture’, Nebrija was ahead of his time, and after publishing the ‘Introductiones latinae’, he reached the conclusion that it was necessary to learn Castilian Spanish before studying Latin. The work is divided into five books: ‘Spelling’, ‘Prosody’, ‘Etymology’, ‘Syntax’ and ‘Introductions to the Castilian tongue for those wishing to learn a foreign language’. It was printed in an unknown workshop which typographical studies reveal to have been active between 1492 and 1500, and which printed numerous editions by this author. The text is printed in red and black ink in Gothic typeset, and has a blank space left for the initials.

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