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CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de | MOTTEUX, Peter Anthony (translated by) (1660-1718)
THE HISTORY OF THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMAN DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA (EDITION-DE-LUXE) Translated from the Spanish by PA Motteux
Edinburgh : John Grant, 1838. Four volumes, complete as issued. Edition-de-Luxe, with duplicate set of plates printed on Japanese Vellum, Number 14 of one hundred copies. Royal 8vo (10.5 x 6.5 ins); [xii], xlii, 445; viii, (4), 484; x, (2), 512 ; ix, (3), 508 pp; 37 plates in total (including the four frontispieces) plus 37 duplicated on Vellum, each behind tissue-guards, etched by Adolphe Lalauze (1838-1906). Titlepages printed in red and black with woodcut figure of Don Quixote. Publisher's original tan cloth, with printed paper title labels to spines, that on vol III a bit chipped; page edges untrimmed. Scattered spots of foxing to endpapers and prelims. A Fine set First translated by Motteux in four volumes in 1711-12, and acknowledged as one of the best of all the many translations due to its rich and racy diction and quaint turns of expression. Of this translation Blackwood's Magazine says, "This is, we think, out of all sight, the richest and best. Shelton's Quixote is undoubtedly well worthy of being studied by the English scholar; but it is far too antiquated an affair to serve the purposes of the English reader. Motteux, the translator of Cervantes and Rabelais, possesses a native humour that no other translator that we ever met with has approached". W.H. Prescott, in Miscellaneous (1845) pp 149-50 states, "The most popular versions in English are those of Motteux, Jarvis, and Smollett. Perhaps the first is the best of all". Geo. Ticker, in his History of Spanish Literature (1846) v3, p384 says, "On the whole, the most agreeable and the best (translation), though … [Click Below for Full Description]
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