SMOLLETT’S TRANSLATION OF DON QUIXOTE, ILLUSTRATED BY HAYMAN, THIS COPY RICHLY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH PLATES BY VANDERBANK, COYPEL AND HOGARTH
CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. The History and Adventures of the Renowned Don Quixote. London, 1755. Two volumes.
First edition of the important Smollett translation of Don Quixote, an excellent extra-illustrated copy that contains the original 28 fine copper-engraved illustrations by Francis Hayman, "the most proficient English illustrator of his time," as well as Kent's portrait of Cervantes engraved by Vertue, the full suite of 68 plates after Vanderbank that accompanied the 1742 Jarvis translation, the full suite of 31 plates after Coypel and others that accompanied the 1746 French edition, and the six "rejected" plates designed and engraved by William Hogarth. The copy of renowned author, poet, financier and bibliophile George Daniel, with his ownership signature on the front flyleaf, along with a catalogue entry from the 1864 sale of his library. $12,800.