BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATED LIMITED EDITION OF DON QUIXOTE, ONE OF ONLY 130 SETS, WITH 37 PLATES BY ADOLPHE LALAUZE IN TRIPLE-SUITE
CERVANTES. The History of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote. Edinburgh: John Grant, 1902. Four volumes. Royal octavo, contemporary three-quarter red morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $2800.
Limited “Edition-de-Luxe,” number 112 of only 130 copies, of Motteux’s highly esteemed translation of Cervantes’ incomparable work of genius, illustrated with 37 engraved etchings in triple-suite by Adolphe Lalauze, very handsomely bound by Riviere & Son.
"Cervantes' great, ironical, romantic story is written in a style so noble, so nervous, so humane, so branded with reality that, as the wise critic has said, the mere touch and impact of it puts courage into our veins… Not to have ever opened it… is to have missed being present at one of the 'great gestures' of the undying, unconquerable spirit of humanity" (Powys 27). Cervantes' masterpiece first saw print 1605-15; this translation, by dramatist Peter Motteux, was first published in 1719 and has been praised as the greatest version in English (Lowndes, 401). "The illustrations are of merit… In some of Lalauze's etchings the humorous side of the Don's adventures are pleasantly portrayed, and the fair Spanish ladies in the pictures are daintily drawn" (New York Times). See: Del Río y Rico 526. Iconografia de las Ediciones del Quijote (Inglesas) 479. Escuerdo 1238.
A beautiful set with a few expert joint repairs.