The Life and Exploits of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha
London: J. and R. Tonson, S. Draper, and R. Dodsley, 1749. Second edition. Engraved plates. Hardcovers. Octavos. Over 800 pages. Spines stamped in gilt with five raised bands. Some rubs to extremities. a few mild scuffs to boards, and prior owner bookplate on front pastedown of both volumes. Spine labels perished, with fragments included in an envelope laid in. Very good to near fine overall.
Nice early edition of this foundational work of Western literature. Don Quixote is considered the first modern novel, and on par with the works of Shakespeare.
Translated from the original Spanish by Charles Jarvis. Contains Prefaces by the translator and author and a brief life of the author at beginning of volume I.
Bound in 3/4 calf with marbled paper sides by Root & Son. Marbled textblock edges and endpapers.