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CERVANTES, Miguel de.

El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Nueva edicion corregida por la Real Academia Española.

Madrid: Don Joaquin Ibarra, Impresor de Cámera de S. M. y de la Real Academia, 1780 Stock Code: 137798
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"The finest edition of Don Quixote that has ever been printed" (D. B. Updike)

First printing of the celebrated Ibarra edition. Printed for La Real Academia Española (the Spanish Royal Academy) by Joaquín Ibarra y Marín, this edition was intended to be a supreme example of Spanish craftsmanship lavished on the nation's greatest literary work. This edition excels in beauty of type, design, paper, illustration and printing, as well as incorporating a carefully edited and corrected text. The illustrations and delightful ornaments were designed by the best Spanish artists of the day, the paper was milled expressly for this edition, and the type was specially cut. It contains the first map depicting the route taken by Don Quixote and Sancho Panza through Spain. The edition's fame among bibliophiles was thoroughly established throughout Europe within a few years.

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4 volumes, quarto (302 x 222 mm). Contemporary Spanish green mottled calf, twin red morocco labels, gilt floral decoration to compartments, inset brown calf lozenge to covers with gilt borders, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.


4 engraved title pages, portrait of Cervantes, and 31 plates after Carnicero, Barranco, Brunette, Del Castillo, Ferro and Gil, engraved by Ballester, Barcelon, Fabregat, Gil, Mol, Muntaner, Salvador y Carmona and Selam, engraved map, engraved ornamental i


Lower margin of frontispiece of vol. I sometime renewed (not affecting image). Expert restoration to joints and extremities, inset calf repair to covers, light damp discolouration to endpapers, some foxing to contents, a few faint running peripheral minor stains, more substantial staining at end of vol. IV. A very good copy in a handsome contemporary Spanish binding.


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