The History of Don-Quichote.London, Edward Blount, 1620 Stock Code: 139220
NotesFirst complete edition in English of the hugely influential prose chivalric romance, which found its greatest popularity outside Spain in England: second edition of the first part, first edition of the second, translated by Dublin-born Thomas Shelton.
"The signs of haste in the translation, which took Shelton only forty days, do not hide his verve, command of Spanish, and knowledge of Spain James Fitzmaurice-Kelly's introduction to Shelton's translation claims that John Fletcher's Knight of the Burning Pestle was derived from Shelton, as was Cardenio (1613), a lost play by Shakespeare and Fletcher" (ODNB).
The first part was originally published in 1612, entered in the Stationers' Register on 19 January 1611, though, according to Shelton's preface, translated some five or six years before that. The second part was published in 1620, having been entered in the Stationers' Register on 5 December 1615, with the first part reprinted at the same time.
2 volumes bound in 1, small quarto (187 x 138 mm). Early 19th-century russia, sides with wide decorative gilt borders enclosing blind roll, neatly rebacked with label and spine panels laid down, decorative gilt roll to board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.
Complete with engraved title in each volume, vol. 1 with no letterpress title as called for, vol. 2 with letterpress title. Bound without initial blank A1, vol. 1, and terminal blank 2K4, vol. 2.
Vol. 1, marginal spill-burn at foot of H6 not affecting text, 2 leaves (Bb1 and Ii1) remargined all round, last line at foot of Ee4r faint where failed to print; vol. 2, marginal wormhole from end extending back to Y1 neatly closed; a few trivial blemishes, a very good copy.
Palau 52462; Pforzheimer 140; STC 4916-4917.
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