El Ingenioso Hildalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha
Author: Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de
Reference #: 1788
List Price: $190.00
Alfredo Ortells Ferriz, Valencia, 1969. With engravings throughout, many in the First Part by ‘H. Pisan’ (i.e. Heliodore Joseph Pisan) after Gustave Dore. All edges marbled in two-tones; moire endpapers; bound in engraved leather in slip case. Previous owner gift inscription in fine pen on first blank. Uniform light sun-fading to the spine and to a small area of the upper corner of front cover, Else Fine. The fading to the cover results from the curved portion of the slip case, designed to allow for safe removal of the volume.
Sold together with a Fine copy of Don Quixote : the green cloth-bound unabridged English translation by P. A. Motteux from the Everyman’s Library edition, New York & Toronto (1991).
Originally published in two parts, its importance was thus described by J. B. Priestly: “Don Quixote is the first modern novel – and out of it whole libraries of fiction have come – and in many respects it still remains the best. Its fame in Western fiction is unequalled. It has given us the term ‘quixotic’, and two immortal characters in Don and his squire, Sancho Panza. Its universal popularity has given it the quality of a myth.” (Literature and Western Man, p.45.)
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