History of Don Quixote
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“IN EVERY ENGLISH-SPEAKING HOME WHERE THEY CAN SPELL THE WORD ‘ART,’ YOU WILL FIND DORÉ EDITIONS”: GUSTAVE DORÉ’S MONUMENTAL DON QUIXOTE
(DORÉ, Gustave) CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. The History of Don Quixote. London and New York: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, circa 1868. Large, thick quarto, early 20th-century half burgundy morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, marbled endpapers and all edges.
Famous Doré illustrated edition of Cervantes, an early issue in English, with 120 full-page wood-engravings and 257 head- and tail-pieces by Gustave Doré, engraved in the wood by Héliodore Pisan.
“One can hardly deny that [Gustave Doré] is not merely one of the most popular but also one of the greatest of all illustrators… Don Quixote was a text calculated to test even Doré. He was matching himself against Coypel and Tony Johannot, not to mention the Spanish illustrators of the great Ibarra edition published in Madrid in 1780. He met the challenge superbly… At first he intended only 40 designs, but Cervantes’ book captured his imagination, and he arranged for a major work… Don Quixote and Sancho Panza reached their definitive rendering in Doré’s designs” (Ray, 328-29, 337). The English-language edition of Doré’s Don Quixote first appeared in 30 monthly parts, beginning in December 1864. In September of 1866 Cassell announced the publication of Don Quixote in book form. “In those two and a half years, Doré went from being virtually unknown in England to being the most famous illustrator in the world” (Malan, 67). Beginning in 1868 Cassell reduced the size of the text block from 10 by 13 inches to 10 by 12-1/2 inches (the size of this copy). Title-page printed in red and black. Malan, 65-69, 255. Ray 248. Owner signatures on the title page. Binder ticket on front pastedown.
Front inner hinge expertly reinforced. A splendid production.