THE HISTORY AND ADVENTURES OF THE RENOWNED DON QUIXOTE
by Cervantes, Miguel De [Smollett, Tobias ]
London: For A. Millar, 1755. Full-Leather. First Smollett translation from the Spanish of Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra to which is prefixed, some account of the author's life. Illustrated with 28 copper-plate engravings designed by Hayman and engraved by the best artists. The book also contains an extra "proof" engraving by W. Roberts, one of England's greatest early nineteenth century mezzotint engravers and engraver to King George III, dated 1833 depicting Don Quixote. In two volumes, vol. 1. 403pp., Vol. 2. 466pp.,errata at rear. Smollett's translation of Don Quixote not only succeeded in capturing the spirit of the Spanish original for English readers "but gave us as well the most readable version of Cervantes' masterpiece in our language". Bound in contemporary calf handsomely rebacked, red and green contrasting gilt lettered morocco labels, raised bands spine with compartments decoratively stamped in gilt, newer marbled endpapers. A lovely set. (Inventory #: 3093)
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