Francisco Fernández de Córdoba was a printer in Valladolid, active between 1541 and 1570, responsible for the printing of Silva de sirenas, the vihuela book of Enríquez de Valderrábano in 1547, and the Libro de Tañer Fantasía of Tomás de Santa Maria in 1565. It is probable that Francisco Fernández de Córdoba was the brother or son of Diego Fernández de Córdoba, printer of Narváez’s vihuela book. According to Delgado Casado, he had the title of Impresor de su Magestad from 1566 (delgado1996 I:229). There are various speculations about his death from as early as 1572 until c. 1600. From 1572 his son Diego Fernández de Córdoba (2) took over his workshop. He printed books of various subjects including Law, History, Religion, and literary texts.
A lawsuit from 1556 shows him to have been married to Catalina Ramírez, but later in 1566 he married María de Oviedo.
His printer’s emblem is in Valderrábano’s book, on the last page before the colophon with the motto in Latin “Ne ingenium volitet, paupertas deprimit ipsum”— “would genius fly, poverty always weighs it down”