Don Quixote, 1st English Illustrated Edition

Don Quixote, 1st English Illustrated Edition


Don Quixote 1687 1st English Illustrated Edition

By Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Translated by John Phillips

Printed In London by Thomas Hodgkin For John Newton

The Volume is in Excellent Condition rebacked, retaining cambridge style paneled boards, with the new spine divided into seven gilt-stamped compartments, with largely original red morocco letter-piece in the second compartment from the top, with gilt board edges. Externally the boards and spine have been professionally repaired by master bookbinder Pierre Thibaudeau, with only surface scuffing to the boards remaining. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, with sharp, fresh impressions of the plates, with rice paper repairs to the frontispiece (again by M. Thibaudeau,) a burn hole to Q1, affecting the text, and paper flaws at the upper margin of 2E2, with some mild toning, occasional fox marks and stains otherwise.
The Volume is Predominantly Complete with frontispiece and eight plates, two of which are notably part of the collation, an also including the often absent final poems and errata. lacking 4 preliminary leaves, which consists of the Epistle Dedicatory to the Earl of Yarmouth and ‘Something instead of an Epistle to the Reader.’ please note quire T is internally out of order, but entirely present. Several of the plates are included in the collation. See below for pagination & dimensions.

Don Quixote, 1st English Illustrated Edition

of Don Quixote

Don Quixote is regarded by some to be the greatest novel ever written, and is considered to be the first modern novel by scholars. With a long list of famed literary works in numerous languages, referencing Miguel de Cervantes famed work. These includes Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne, The Idiot by Dostoevsky, and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

When first published, Don Quixote was usually interpreted as a comic novel. After the French Revolution, it was better known for its central ethic that individuals can be right while society is quite wrong and seen as disenchanting. In the 19th century, it was seen as a social commentary, but no one could easily tell “whose side Cervantes was on”. Many critics came to view the work as a tragedy in which Don Quixote’s idealism and nobility are viewed by the post-chivalric world as insane, and are defeated and rendered useless by common reality. By the 20th century, the novel had come to occupy a canonical space as one of the foundations of modern literature.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is paginated as follows: [x], 616, [4]. The volume collates as follows: A2, [b]1, c2, B-S4, T1,3,2,4, U-4I4, 4K2. The volume measures about 33.5 cm. By 21.5 cm. By 5 cm. Each leaf measures about 320 mm. By 200 mm.

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