Lot 212: First illustrated edition of Don Quixote in Spanish

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

March 24, 2015
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. Vida y Hechos Del Ingenioso Cavallero Don Quixote de la Mancha [...]. Bruselas, Juan Mommarte, 1662. Small 8vo. Complete, in 2 vol. Contemp. full calf (sl. discoloured) with raised bands, gold-tooled compartments and spine titles (sl. faded), edges of covers decorated with gilt flower roll tools. Spine sl. crannied, spine ends sl. damaged. All edges coloured red. Front pastedowns loose(ning). With 2 engraved frontispiece and 16 very nice full-page plates. Binding of plates loosening (4 loose incl. 1 with worn edges and a tear). Occasionally sl. (water)stained (mostly in margins), 1 hole with small loss of text and 1 marginal tear. (28), 611, (5); (16), 649, (7) pp. Internally in very good condition
Artist or Maker: CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de.
Provenance: From the castle of Rosendael
Extremely rare. "Complete edition with 2 frontispieces and 16 chapter illustrations, newly engraved by unknown engraver after Savery's 24 illustrations (Dordrecht: Savery 1657). 8 illustrations from Savery's set have not been copied: "Andrés' lashes", "The galley slaves", "DQ's penance", "DQ hanged at the inn", "The enchanted Dulcinea", "Braying mayors squadron", "Washing beards episode" and "Sancho's judgement". Río y Rico refers to two illustrations ("Don Quixote knighted" and "Doña Rodríguez' night adventure") as if they appeared in this edition, but they don't".
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