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Cervantes Miguel de; Don Quixote

SKU: Cervantes Miguel de AB0310114 $210.00
The Life and Exploits of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Translated from the original Spanish by Charles Jarvis Esq. and prefaced by: A Life of the Author. Printed in four volumes from which these are vols. II III & IV only by J. Crissy and J. Grigg Philadelphia in 1830. Stereotyped by L. Johnson. Four chapter illustrations placed as frontispieces engraved by William E. Tucker after Thomas Stothard trades illustrations (London: C. Whittingham 1809) and four illustrated title pages by the same engraver after Richard Westall trades vignettes (London: Hurst & Co. 1820). Full brown leather with gilt edges on covers and leather spine with black title block and # block accented with gilt bands. # block gone on vol. II and 7 cm. x 2 cm. leather loss on bottom 2/3 of spine to vol. III. Head and foot wear consistent with age on all vols. Covers bumped and rubbed. Hinges in tact with wear consistent with age. Bindings are tight. Vol. II 268 pages vol. III 269 pages vol. IV 265 pages plus notes. Light tan pages with minor foxing and spotting randomly throughout all vols. Owners signature (believed period in ink on paste downs and front pages. Text is complete without tears or loss. Volumes measure: 9.5 cm. x 15 cm. (32mo). Not the best and certainly not the worst. A scare Philadelphia edition. Don Quixote is a novel written by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. Cervantes created a fictional origin for the story by creating a fictional Moorish chronicler for Don Quixote named Cide Hamete Benengeli. Published in two volumes a decade apart (in 1605 and 1615) Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature to emerge from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature it regularly appears high on the lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published. The novel trades structure is in episodic form. It is written in the picaresco style of the late sixteenth century. The full title is indicative of the tale trades object as ingenioso(Spanish) means to be quick with inventiveness Although the novel is farcical on the surface the second half is more serious and philosophical about the theme of deception. Quixote has served as an important thematic source not only in literature but in much of art and music inspiring works by Pablo Picasso and Richard Strauss. The contrasts between the tall thin fancy-struck and idealistic Quixote and the fat squat world-weary Panza is a motif echoed ever since the book trades publication and Don Quixote trades imaginings are the butt of outrageous and cruel practical jokes in the novel. Even faithful and simple Sancho is unintentionally forced to deceive him at certain points. The novel is considered a satire of orthodoxy truth veracity and even nationalism. In going beyond mere storytelling to exploring the individualism of his characters Cervantes helped move beyond the narrow literary conventions of the chivalric romance literature that he spoofed which consists of the straightforward retelling of a series of acts. The world of ordinary people from shepherds to tavern-owners and inn-keepers which figures in Don Quixote was groundbreaking. The character of Don Quixote became so well-known in its time that the word quixoticwas quickly calqued into many languages. Characters such as Sancho Panza and Don Quixote trades horse Rocinante are emblems of Western literary culture. The phrase tilting at windmillsto describe an act of attacking imaginary enemies derives from an iconic scene in the book. Because of its widespread influence Don Quixote also helped cement the modern Spanish language. The opening sentence of the book created a classic Spanish clich with the phrase: de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme whose name I do not care to recall