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CERVANTES, Miguel de.

El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha....

Nueva edicion corregida por la Real Academia Española.

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Published: Madrid Don Joaquin Ibarra, 1780

Stock Code: 116066

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


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 very few years. The English bibliomane William Davis wrote in 1821 that "the celebrated Ibarra edition is so well known, that I need only refer to M. Paris's sale, 1791, where a copy sold for 16, 16 shillings, and Col. Stanley's, where a copy sold for 17, 6 shillings, 6 pence" (A Journey Round the Library of a Bibliomaniac). Ours is a lovely set in a very elegant period binding, most probably English and resembling the more restrained style of the celebrated Kalthoeber workshop.

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4 volumes, quarto (300 x 217 mm). Early 19th-century red straight-grain morocco, spines gilt lettered and ruled (black morocco banding between the five double raised bands), gilt octagonal motif in three compartments, three-line gilt border on sides, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins with "five bar-and-rosette" pattern, marbled endpapers.


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, folding engraved map, engraved orna


From the library of William Williams of Tregullow (1791-1870), High Sheriff of Cornwall, with his simple armorial bookplates; elaborate armorial bookplates of Etta Mary Arnold Clark (1861-1952). Just a little wear or rubbing to extremities, spines with single small wormhole at head or foot of joints, a few minor abrasions, touch of foxing or dust-marking in places, otherwise an excellent set.


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