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The Life and Exploits of the Ingenious Gentleman - CERVANTES, Miguel de - 1749. 
2 vols. xxii, , 406pp; , 422pp, engraved frontispiece, 23 engraved plates by Van de Gucht after Van de Band. 8vo. Some light browning, blank upper corners vol. I G5-6 torn away. Contemporary calf, gilt ruled borders, expertly rebacked in matching style, raised & gilt banded spines, red morocco labels. Armorial bookplate of John Hallifax, Esq., Kenilworth on inner front boards,19th century bookplate of J. Blackwood Greenshields on front endpapers. ESTC T59497. Jarvis's edition was first published in 1742, and was one of forty five editions of Don Quixote that appeared in English in the 18th century, (there were 33 editions in Spanish over the same period). In portraying the clash between old and new ways of ordering society it was immensely popular, and consistently reinterpreted. At the start of the 18th century scholars described Cervantes as an enlightened advocate for rational thought, but as the century closed, readers sensed romantic leanings in the author's own life, and saw in Don Quixote the making of a true romantic. He uses his 'Translator's Preface' to argue that Don Quixote 'was calculated to ridicule that false system of honour and gallantry, which prevailed even 'till our author's time'. Jarvis was the first English translator to provide an introduction to the novel including a critical analysis of previous translations.
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