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The History of the Valorous and Witty-Knight-Errant, Don Quixote,
London: Printed by Richard Hodgkinsonne for Andrew Crooke,, 1652. Of the Mancha. Translated out of the Spanish [by Thomas Shelton]; now newly Corrected and Amended. Folio (278 ×182 mm). Contemporary brown calf, spine gilt in compartments, brown morocco label. Extra-illustrated with 8 engraved folding plates. Spine and corners skilfully repaired, boards lightly rubbed and scuffed, title page expertly restored where the top edge was cut away affecting part of the word "history", closed repaired tears to each plate, handwritten notes to front free endpaper and plate II, contents a bit toned. A good copy. Second complete edition in English. The Shelton translation was the most popular version of Don Quixote circulating in England during the 17th century. Part I was originally published in 1612 and part II in 1620. Shelton's "original was the Velpius edition published in Brussels in 1607. The signs of haste in the translation, which took Shelton only forty days, do not hide his verve, command of Spanish, and knowledge of Spain" (ODNB). A third edition of this translation appeared in 1675. A variant issue of this edition has Andrew Crooke's address "at the Green-Dragon in Pauls Church-yard" added in the imprint: priority between the two, if any, is not known.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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