Objekt Oktober 2010
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de: Primera y segunda parte del ingenioso hidalgo don Quixote de la Mancha, compuesta por Miguel de Ceruantes Saauedra. Dirigida al Duque de Beiar, Marques de Gibralcon, Conde de Benalcacar, y Banares, Vizconde de la Puebla de Alcocer, Senor de las villas de Capilla, Curiel, y Burguillos. 2 volumes. Madrid, Francisco Martinez: a costa de Domingo Goncalez, mercador de libros, 1637 (1636). (6), 232 ff; (1), ff 234-480 Gr. 8°. Contemporary Spanish vellum.
Rius I,17; Sune 18; Seris 16; Rio y Rico 39; Givanel I,81; Simon Diaz VIII,195; Palau II,143f. Very rare and early edition of both parts of Cervantes‘ masterpiece. The second part bears the date of 1636 on f 233. „Esto y el estar fechada la licencia a Pedro Coello en 1634, ha originado muchas cavilaciones que por falta de documentos y testimonios autenticos han resultado esteriles. El texto se imprimio con miramientos y resulto muy aceptable, sirviendo de modelo de varias ediciones posteriores“ (Palau).
The first edition of part one was published in 1605 by Juan de la Cuesta in Madrid.
It took only few months to make Don Quixote and Sancho Pansa popular heroes and within the same year three pirated and two legal editions were printed in Lisbon, Madrid, and Valencia. Before the second part of the book was published a decade later in 1615 the first part had already been translated into English, Italian, and French, and Cervantes was well-known throughout Europe. The unbroken popularity of „Don Quixote“ can easily be explained: everybody feels sometimes like Don Quixote fighting at windmills and everybody can detect himself sometimes in the figure of Sancho Pansa when thinking about the world in a pub.
Both volumes of our copy bear several old ownership entries in MSS and library stamps. The quality of the paper is better than normally expected although some quires are browned. The paper of the first quires in both volumes is somewhat weakened, as well are the contemporary Spanish full vellum bindings somewhat stained and browned. Spines here and there worn, title in ink on spines, and closing bands. Fol. 102 (N6) in volume one is missing and has been supplied by a copy on old paper. All in all a still very fine copy of this scarce book.