"CLOSE IN SPIRIT TO THE ORIGINAL": DON QUIXOTE, WITH 24 FINE HAND-COLORED AQUATINTS BY CLARK, IN FOUR HANDSOMELY BOUND VOLUMES
CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. (JARVIS, Charles, translator). Don Quixote de la Mancha. Translated from the Original Spanish… by Charles Jarvis, Esq. London: T. McLean, 1819. Four volumes. Octavo, early 20th-century three-quarter navy morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $5200.
Jarvis’ esteemed translation of Don Quixote, illustrated with 24 exquisite hand-colored aquatint engravings by J. Clark designed expressly for this edition. Handsomely bound by Birdsall.
"Don Quixote is one of those universal works which are read by all ages at all times, and there are very few who have not at one time or another felt themselves to be Don Quixote confronting the windmills or Sancho Panza at the inn" (PMM 111). Charles Jarvis' translation, one of the earliest, is also regarded as one of the best. "Published posthumously in 1742 and frequently reprinted, it is generally acknowledged as being close in spirit to the original" (Oxford DNB). Includes extensive Translator's Preface, as well as a brief Life of Cervantes. Bound without half titles. Abbey, Life 238. Rius 669. Bookseller label.
Only infrequent foxing; plates clean. A very handsome set of this desirable illustrated edition in fine condition.