The History of Don Quixote - Miguel De Cervantes, Gustave Doré (illustrator), J. W. Clarke (editor), T. Teignmouth Shore. n.d. [1864-67] - Cassell Petter & Galpin, London - First Doré Illustrated Edition Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.’

A beautifully large quarto of the first Gustave Doré illustrated edition, and what many consider to be the first true novel in Western literature, powerfully combined with Doré’s magnificent illustrations, consisting of 118 full page plates and numerous in-text engravings. In contemporary binding.

Inspired by his ever expanding library of books on chivalry, our hero Don Quixote, with his anointed squire Sancho Panza, sets off on his adventures, and the windmill-chasing antics of Don Quixote have continued to delight for over four centuries.
  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, novelist, poet and playwright (1547-1616). The date of his death, 23rd April, is Spain's 'Day of the Rose' celebrated with the exchange of books and gifts. In 1995 UNESCO chose this date as world book day, Shakespeare's death on the very same day adding weight to the decision - 'The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes'.

The ultimate child prodigy, Gustave Doré [1832-1883] was born in Strasbourg, moved to Paris at 15, and was the highest paid illustrator in France at the age of 16. Doré’s Bible engravings were by far the most popular set of illustrations ever done for the bible, used for nearly 1,000 different editions. His illustrations and Dante's
Divine Comedy have become so intimately connected that even today, nearly 150 years after their initial publication, the artist's rendering of the poet's text still determines our vision of the Commedia. Doré's illustrations for Cervantes's Don Quixote, and his depictions of the knight and his squire, Sancho Panza, have become so famous that they have influenced subsequent readers, artists, and stage and film directors' ideas of the physical "look" of the two characters.

Dore's illustrated Quixote first appeared in 30 parts between 1864 and 1867, being republished in a single volume a number of times over the following decades.

Quarto (binding size 32 x 26 cm) pp. [2] xxviii 737 [3].
  Elegantly bound in contemporary brown three quarter brown morocco leather over cloth, spine with raised bands and lettered in gilt, marbled edges and endpapers.   Condition: Near fine, light spotting and marking to first and last few pages, in very good binding showing some wear to boards and corners.   Ref: 109231   Price: HK$ 5,500