Four vols., 8vo, pp. lxxxviii, 376; vii, 403; xvi, 370; viii, 440; with 24 hand-coloured aquantint plates; occasional minor foxing or spotting, but a good copy, untrimmed in later nineteenth-century red cloth-backed marbled boards; slightly rubbed, corners bumped; ownership inscription of William Shipp dated 1838; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).
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Don Quixote de La Mancha . . . Embellished with twenty-four highly finished engravings, from drawings designed expressly for this edition.
First edition with these plates, which are after drawings by the Scottish aquatint engraver and painter John Heaviside Clark (c. 1771–1863). ‘They are well conceived and executed. The series, which was engraved for colouring, and is generally, but not always, found coloured, is now difficult to procure’ (Ashbee). ‘Río y Rico, excessively critic, considers these illustrations as very bad. For Givanel, they are revolutionary, a new and humorous way of understanding Cervantes’ novel’ (Cushing Memorial Library Cervantes Collection, online).
Abbey 238; Ashbee 126; Palau 52521.
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