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CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel De.

The Life and Exploits of the Ingenius Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Translated from the Original Spanish by Charles Jarvis.

London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson, and R. Dodsley, 1742 Stock Code: 145440
£3,750.00
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A handsomely bound copy of this celebrated edition

First edition of the Jarvis translation, a particularly elegant edition, here handsomely bound.

The translator was in fact Charles Jervas (1675-1739), but the misprinting of his name as Jarvis on the title page has led this to be known as the Jarvis translation. The translation was published posthumously and frequently reprinted, and "is generally acknowledged as being close in spirit to the original" (ODNB). Vol. I contains, as issued, a reimpression of The Life of Michael de Cervantes Saavedra, written by Don Gregorio Mayáns & Siscár, first published in 1738 and here printed with a separate title page still bearing that date; it also contains the "Supplement to the translator's preface", more commonly known as "A dissertation on the origin of books of chivalry" by William Warburton, which is not found in all copies.

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Description

2 volumes, quarto (276 x 226 mm). Early 20th-century mottled calf by Morrell, red and green morroco labels, spines gilt in compartments, wide gilt borders to covers enclosing blind panel, gilt turn-ins, blue endpapers, gilt edges.

Illustrations

With 69 copper engraved plates by Vandergucht and Vertue, including frontispiece and portrait of the author.

Condition

Bookplate of Geoffrey Ecroyd to front pastedown. Spines a little sunned, extremities neatly restored, contents fresh, a few plates slightly shaved at head, light worming at fore margins of vol. II (not affecting text). An excellent copy.

Bibliography

ESTC T59882; Lowndes II p. 401.

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