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HISTORY OF DON QUIXOTE. The Text Edited by - Doré, illus.] Cervantes Saavedra M - 1870. 
London Cassell, Petter, and Galpin [c. 1870] - A very early issue of this wonderfully illustrated Cervantes. With 118 spectacular illustrations by by Gustave Doré. Royal 4to (12.25 x 9.75 inches approx.), in deluxe three-quarter dark-brown polished calf over black textured boards, the spine with gilt tooled wide bands separating compartments featuring large central gilt tooled devices, one compartment gilt lettered, all edges gilt. xxviii ,737. A tight and clean copy, the binding with a bit of age wear, the back sometime skillfully restored to style with the original spinal panel laid down. A HANDSOMELY BOUND COPY. Gustave Doré was one of the greatest illustrators of his day. He was born in Strassburg in 1832. In 1848, he moved to Paris where "his facility as a draughtsman was extraordinary." He was a prolific worker and his subjects were usually religious or historical. He died in January of 1883. His grand and magnificent style is a perfect complement for Cervantes heroic tale. This massive tome is one of our favorite printings of the Spanish classic and, because of the weight of the text block, is usually found broken and loose. This copy is as sturdy as one could hope for and is very handsome too. A great compliment to any fine library and a must for the collector of 19th century illustrated books. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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