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Cervantes Miguel de; The History and Adventures of the Renowned Don Quixote

SKU: Cervantes Miguel de AB0410163 $950.00
The History and Adventures of the Renowned Don Quixote: from the Spanish of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra by T. Smollett M.D. to which is prefixed A Memoir of the Author by Thomas Roscoe. In three volumes as part of Roscoe trades: The Novelist trades Librarycollection. Don Quixotewas published by Effingham Wilson Royal Exchange London in 1833. Printed by Baylis and Leighton Johnson trades-Court Fleet Street London. Three engraved frontispieces [vol. I: Portrait of Don Quixote: vol. II: Portrait of Sancho Panza: vol. III: Portrait of Dulcinea] and fifteen additional engraved illustrations by George Cruikshank. Half red Morocco with marbled boards and gilt double thin rule borders. Six compartment spine with raised bands top with gilt. Roscoe trades Novelist trades Librarytitle vol. # and author with four central lozenges surrounded by ornate floral decoration all in gilt on spine. Vol. I: shows a cracked hinge on front board and corners are worn at the edges. There is leather wear at the hinge line front and back. Vol. II: There is leather wear at the hinge line front and back and minor wear to the corners. Vol. III: shows a cracked front hinge which is barely attached. Modest leather wear to the back hinge line. Minor corner bumps and wear. Bindings are tight. Vol. I: 371 pages: vol. II: 355 pages: vol. III: 384 white to off-white pages without any foxing spotting tear or loss. Text is complete. Matching marbled pastedowns and end sheets. Gilt top-edge uncut fore-edge. Silk place markers. No marks or inscriptions. Volumes measure: 11.5 cm. x 17.4 cm. (12mo). These volumes collectively are in extraordinarily fine condition exhibiting wear that is LESS than consistent with age. 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