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The History of the Valorous and Witty Knight-Errant Don Quixote of the Mancha
London: Macmillan, 1900. Three octavo volumes, contemporary blue crushed morocco gilt over blue cloth boards, raised bands, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Lightest shelfwear. Handsomely bound edition of Cervantes's great picaresque novel, including a bibliographical preface and a glossary. The text follows Thomas Shelton's seventeenth-century translation, the first translation of the Quixote into any foreign language, and a landmark in English literary history. Originally issued in two parts in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote begins as a parody of chivalric romances, but expands to examine the whole of Spanish society through the adventures of the deluded Quixote and his long-suffering companion Sancho Panza. "His follies prevailing more than any other reason, he purposed to cause himself to be knighted by the first he met, to the imitation of many others that did the same, as he had read in the books which distracted him. . . . thus he pacified his mind and prosecuted his journey, without choosing any other way than that which his horse pleased, believing that therein consisted the vigour of knightly adventures." A near-fine copy of the most influential work of Spanish literature, handsomely bound by Maclehose of Glasgow.
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