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DON QUIXOTE DE LA MANCHA by  MIGUEL DE CERVANTES SAAVEDRA - First Edition with Smirke Plates - 1818 - from Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts (SKU: ST16866y)


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London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1818. First Edition with Smirke Plates. 222 x 137 mm. (8 3/4 x 5 3/8"). Four volumes..
Attractive contemporary purple straight-grain morocco, gilt, covers framed by gilt rules with leafy cornerpieces, raised bands, spine panels with central ornament and small leaf tools at corners, gilt lettering, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, other edges untrimmed. With a total of 48 engravings (24 plates and 26 vignettes) after Robert Smirke. Front pastedown with engraved armorial bookplate of James Walter. Lowndes I, 401. Bindings with just a little rubbing, occasional light yellowing to margins, minor offsetting from engravings, one plate with short tear to margin, but an excellent set, clean and fresh throughout, in pleasing bindings.

This is an attractive copy of an esteemed edition of "Don Quixote," illustrated and translated by a father and daughter team. Robert Smirke (1753-1845) was a member of the Royal Academy and renowned for his paintings inspired by great literature. According to DNB, "Smirke mostly painted in oil or in grisaille and he frequently produced works on a small format to facilitate their reproduction as engravings. His style is notable for its flowing, refined drawing, and his use of characterization is typically expressive, revealing playful humour or drama." His daughter Mary (1779-1853), an accomplished artist herself, was also skilled with languages and produced the present translation to accompany her father's illustrations. In addition to being faithfully translated and well illustrated, our set looks handsome on the shelf..


[*From Wikipedia:*][1] Alonso Quixano, a retired country gentleman in his fifties, lives in an unnamed section of La Mancha with his niece and a housekeeper. He has become obsessed with books of chivalry, and believes their every word to be true, despite the fact that many of the events in them are clearly impossible. Quixano eventually appears to other people to have lost his mind from little sleep and food and because of so much reading. [1]:


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About Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts

Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books an Manuscripts was established in 1978 on a ping pong table in a basement in Kalamazoo, Michigan. From the beginning, its founder was willing to sell a range of material, but over the years, the business has gravitated toward historical artifacts that are physically attractive in some way--illuminated material, fine bindings, books printed on vellum, fore-edge paintings, beautiful typography and paper, impressive illustration. Today, the company still sells a wide range of things, from (scruffy) ninth century leaves to biblical material from all periods to Wing and STC imprints to modern private press books to artists' bindings. While we are forgiving about condition when something is of considerable rarity, we always try to obtain the most attractive copies possible of whatever we offer for sale.


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Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a... [More]
raised band(s)
Raised bands refer to the ridges that protrude slightly from the spine on leather bound books. The bands are created in the... [More]
Highly sought after by some collectors, a book plate is an inscribed or decorative device that identifies the owner, or former... [More]
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also... [More]
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in... [More]
First Edition
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Full page illustration or photograph. Plates are printed separately from the text of the book, and bound in at production. I.e.,... [More]

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