El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de La Mancha . . . Nueva edición corregida por la Real Academia Española.

Madrid, Joachin Ibarra, 1782.

Four volumes, 8vo, pp. [ii], vi, [ii], ccclxv, 280; [ii], iv, [ii], 602; [ii], xxii, [ii], 437; [ii], vi, [ii], 492; with four engraved frontispieces, 20 engraved plates, and a folding map; some light foxing, margins of two plates oxidized, but a very good copy in contemporary English diced russia; extremities rubbed, a few joints slightly cracked, spines faded and some slightly chipped at head and foot; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).


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Third Ibarra edition, the first with these charming plates designed by Isidro and Antonio Carnicero. Following the success of the magnificent 1780 Ibarra quarto edition of Don Quixote, the Real Academia Española published the present octavo edition at a more moderate price, using smaller type but including all the scholarly contributions and textual variants of the quarto edition. The original intention was to omit illustrations, but to please the public new designs were commissioned from the two Carnicero brothers: ‘dibuxos de Don Isidro y Don Antonio Carnicero, Profesores que tienen bien acreditada su habilidad, y para el grabado de los más diestros grabadores . . . parecía conveniente no repetir las [estampas] que se pusieron en la edición grande [Madrid, Ibarra, 1780] creyendo que esta variedad no será desagradable al Público’ (‘Prólogo de la Academia’, vol. I p. v).

Provenance: Shute Barrington (1734 –1826), successively Bishop of Llandaff (1769–1782), Bishop of Salisbury (1782–1791) and Bishop of Durham (1791–1826), with his bookplate as Bishop of Salisbury. ‘Barrington’s attractive combination of personal piety and pastoral zeal won him many admirers . . . . He sustained an extraordinary level of public charity and unobtrusive private giving by a domestic regime of strict economy . . . . While valuing discipline and order he thought formal and external religious observance worthless except as an expression of inward commitment. He is credited with having been the first bishop to discard the wig’ (Oxford DNB).

Ashbee 83; Palau 52027 (‘bella edición’).

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