V Centenary of Spanish Spelling Rules


Spain – In 1517, after Introductiones latinae (1481), Lexicon Latin-Castellanum and Castilian-Latin (1492) and his famous Castilian Grammar (1492), Antonio de Nebrija published his Rules of Spanish Orthography. This year the fifth centenary anniversary is celebrated.

For this reason, Correos issues a stamp within its series Efemerides, to commemorate the appearance of this work that has had so much to do in the evolution of Castilian.

Antonio de Nebrija was one of the great humanists of the Renaissance. He was born in Lebrija in 1444 and graduated in Rhetoric and Grammar from the University of Salamanca. He moved to Bologna where he studied subjects such as Theology, Latin, Medicine, Law or Mathematics among others.

He returned to Spain with the intention of revolutionizing the teaching of Latin in our country by publishing Introductiones latinae, basic text for the students of this language until the 19th century.

After leaving the University of Salamanca for disagreements with his colleagues who did not allow him to take the chair of Grammar, he entered the University of Alcalá de Henares. He published his Grammar of the Castilian language and its two dictionaries of Latin and Castilian.

His Grammar advanced all subsequent studies on the subject, was the first grammarian to consider the Romance language worthy of being studied.

After his famous work, the Rules of Spanish Orthography arrived in 1571.

Nebrija died in Alcalá de Henares on July 5, 1522.The stamp that is issued, includes the image of the face of the Nebrija sculpture that is located on the main facade of the National Library of Madrid, inserted in the V, Roman number that represents the centennial that is commemorated. At the bottom of the stamp appear different overlapping letters that recall the art that this illustrious man took to the highest.

Issue Date: 16.01.2017
Process: Offset
Size: 40.9 x 28.8 mm
Values: Tarifa A