Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1865. Half leather with marbled paper sides. Duodecimos. Over 1,600 pages. These volumes are sound in their bindings, with no cracked hinges or joints. They have minor extremity rubs and spines are moderately and uniformly sunned, but near fine overall.
A beautiful edition of Don Quixote, a work widely regarded as the first modern novel. A pinnacle of world literature, on par with the work of Shakespeare--with whom Cervantes was a contemporary. Includes a biographical essay on Cervantes by John G. Lockhart.
This handsome set is bound in blue polished calf over boards with marbled paper sides, marbled endpapers, and marbling to all edges of the textblocks. Spines are titled and decorated in gilt, with red and brown title blocks and five raised bands on each. A beautiful addition to any collection.