The History of Don Quixote. (Easton Press Deluxe Limited Edition)

By: Cervantes, Miguel De; Clark, J.W.; Shore, T. Teignmouth

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Limited edition, #447 of 600 copies. Includes publisher's slipcase. Publisher's limitation slip and blank publisher's bookplate laid in. 2013 Full-Leather. xxviii, 737, [5] pp. Numerous plates by Gustave Dore throughout. Original light brown full leather, gilt titles and rules, all edges gilt, image of Don Quixote and Pancho Villa on front board, mirrored on an engraved plate mounted on the slipcase, marbled endpapers, ribbon marker bound in. This translation contains the entirety of Cervantes's famous work in one volume (it was originally published in two parts, the second released ten years after the first). Don Quixote de la Mancha (now usually spelled Don Quijote by Spanish-speakers; Don Quixote is an archaic spelling) or El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha (The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha) is a novel by the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. The first part was published in 1605 and the second in 1615. It is one of the earliest written novels in a modern European language and is arguably the most influential and emblematic work in the canon of Spanish literature. Don Quixote is an acclaimed and widely read member of the Western literary canon; a 2002 poll of authors conducted by the Norwegian Nobel Institute placed it first ahead of all other works of fiction. The book tells the story of Alonso Quixano, a man who has read so many stories about brave errant knights that, in a half-mad and confused state, he believes himself to be a knight, re-names himself Don Quixote de la Mancha, and sets out to fight injustice in the name of his beloved maiden Aldonsa, or as he knows her in his mind, Dulcinea del Toboso. The adjective 'quixotic', at present meaning 'idealistic and impractical', derives from the protagonist's name, and the expressions 'tilting at windmills' and 'fighting windmills' come from this story. The opening phrase of the book de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme ('whose name I do not want to recall') was made famous by the book, and, along with other phrases from the text, has become a common cliché in modern Spanish. ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Paul Gustave Doré (January 6, 1832 – January 23, 1883) was a French artist, engraver, illustrator and sculptor. Doré worked primarily with wood engraving and steel engraving. Doré was born in Strasbourg and his first illustrated story was published at the age of fifteen. Doré began work as a literary illustrator in Paris. Doré commissions include works by Rabelais, Balzac, Milton and Dante. In 1853 Doré was asked to illustrate the works of Lord Byron. This commission was followed by additional work for British publishers, including a new illustrated English Bible. In 1863, Doré illustrated a French edition of Cervantes's Don Quixote, and his illustrations of the knight and his squire Sancho Panza have become so famous that they have influenced subsequent readers, artists, and stage and film directors' ideas of the physical 'look' of the two characters. Doré also illustrated an oversized edition of Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven', an endeavor that earned him 30,000 francs from publisher Harper & Brothers in 1883. Doré's English Bible (1866) was a great success, and in 1867 Doré had a major exhibition of his work in London. This exhibition led to the foundation of the Doré Gallery in New Bond Street. In 1869, Blanchard Jerrold, the son of Douglas William Jerrold, suggested that they work together to produce a comprehensive portrait of London. Jerrold had gotten the idea from The Microcosm of London produced by Rudolph Ackermann, William Pyne, and Thomas Rowlandson in 1808. Doré signed a five-year project with the publishers Grant & Co that involved his staying in London for three months a year. He was paid the vast sum of £10,000 a year for his work. The book, London: A Pilgrimage, with 180 engravings, was published in 1872. It enjoyed commercial success, but the work was disliked by many contemporary critics. Some critics were concerned with the fact that Doré appeared to focus on poverty that existed in London. Doré was accused by the Art Journal of 'inventing rather than copying.' The Westminster Review claimed that 'Doré gives us sketches in which the commonest, the vulgarest external features are set down.' The book was also a financial success, and Doré received commissions from other British publishers. Doré's later works included Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Milton's Paradise Lost, Tennyson's The Idylls of the King, The Works of Thomas Hood, and The Divine Comedy. His work also appeared in the Illustrated London News. Doré continued to illustrate books until his death in Paris in 1883. He is buried in the city's Père Lachaise Cemetery. In 'Pickman's Model', author H. P. Lovecraft praises Doré: 'There's something those fellows catch - beyond life - that they're able to make us catch for a second. Doré had it. [Sidney] Sime has it.'

Title: The History of Don Quixote. (Easton Press Deluxe Limited Edition)

Author: Cervantes, Miguel De; Clark, J.W.; Shore, T. Teignmouth

Illustrator: Dore, Gustave

Categories: Easton Press, Leather-Bound, Continental,

Edition: Limited Edition

Publisher: The Easton Press: 2013

Binding: Full-Leather

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 2276355

Keywords: CLASSICS WORLD LITERATURE,