First illustrated edition in English of the Spanish masterpiece: the first images of the off-kilter knight errant and his faithful squire seen by English readers.
"Not only the great monument of literature in Spanish but a pillar of the entire Western literary tradition." – Edith Grossman
The capricious quest of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza is a fully realized satire on the culture of chivalry and the popular prose romances of the era. By turns funny and profound, the critical reputation of DON QUIXOTE in European literature is matched only by Shakespeare; Miguel de Unamuno called it "the Spanish Bible." Cervantes's modern translator Edith Grossman says "His writing is a marvel: it gives off sparks and flows like honey." The book was first published in two parts in 1605 and 1615, which are now virtually unobtainable.
A beautiful edition of a central work in the birth of the modern European novel.
London: Thomas Hodgkin, next Door to the Dolphin-Inn in West-Smithfield, 1687. Full title: The history of the most renowned Don Quixote of Mancha: and his trusty squire Sancho Pancha. Now made English according to the humour of our modern language. And adorned with several copper plates. By J[ohn] P[hillips]. Folio in fours. 12.25'' x 7.25''. Modern period-style full black goatskin, intricately gilt-paneled boards, elaborately gilt-stamped spine, raised bands, red goatskin spine label. Marbled endpapers. Frontispiece and 8 full-page copper engravings (of two scenes each). 3 pages of poems and errata at rear. , 616,  pages (frontis, S3 and 2P3 plates integral). A few early practice ink letters on blank recto of frontispiece, inked Arabic numeral date on title page, early ink notation on bottom of errata leaf verso. Errata leaf remargined, partially affecting text, a few short closed tears (and one 3-inch gutter tear to B1), expected minor instances of spotting and wormholing.
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