Ilustrada con differentes estampas muy donosas, y apropriadas a la materia

Cervantes, Miguel de (1547-1616).

Vida y hechos del ingenioso cavallero don Quixote de la Mancha... Nueva edicion, coregida y ilustrada con differentes estampas muy donosas, y apropriadas a la materia. Brussels, Jan Mommart, 1662.

Cervantes, Miguel de (1547-1616) Vida y hechos del ingenioso cavallero don Quixote de la Mancha... Nueva edicion, coregida y ilustrada con differentes estampas muy donosas, y apropriadas a la materia. Jan Mommart, 1662.

Two volumes, 8° (188x118 mm). I. Collation: †10, ††4, A-Z8, Aa-Pp8, Qq4. [28], 611, [5] pages. II. Collation: *8, A-Z8, Aa-Ss8. [16], 649, [7] pages (pages 529-576 misnumbered 525-572). Roman and italic type. Two engraved titles included in the foliation, and sixteen full-page engraved plates, in total. Uniformly bound in contemporary calf, over pasteboards. Spines with five raised bands, tooled in gilt; title lettered in gold. Marbled edges. Extremities of the spine and joints restored. Tooling and title on the spine somewhat faded. A very good, tall, and genuine copy. Leaves slightly and uniformly browned. In the first volume, skilful repair to the upper margin of the third plate with no damage to the engraving.

An extremely rare and important edition of this masterpiece of world literature: the first illustrated edition in Spanish, and the second edition in any language – following the Dutch translation published in Dordrecht in 1657 – to feature illustrations. This is the first edition with the new title Vida y hechos, and one of the most important editions in the history of Cervantes novel.

The sixteen engravings included in this edition are not signed, but are generally attributed to Frederik Bouttats (ca. 1610-1676) – who was active in Antwerp between 1643 and 1676 – after the Dutch edition of 1657. The text follows the 1637 edition for the first part, and the Madrid 1615 and Valencia 1616 editions for the second part. “The complete edition has 2 frontispieces and 16 chapter illustrations newly engraved by an unknown engraver after Savery's 24 illustrations (Dordrecht: Savery 1657). 8 illustrations from Savery's set have not been copied: 'Andrés' lashes', 'The galley slaves', 'DQ's penance', 'DQ hanged at the inn', 'The enchanted Dulcinea', 'Braying mayors squadron', ‘Washing beards episode', and ‘Sancho's judgement'. Cushing's copy has only the 1 frontispiece and 8 chapter illustrations from vol. 1. Río y Rico refers to two illustrations ('Don Quixote knighted' and 'Doña Rodríguez' night adventure') as if they appeared in this edition, but they don't” (Cervantes Collection, Cushing Memorial Library).

Palau 51993; Rius, Bibliografia critica de las obras de Miguel de Cervantes, I, no. 20; Río y Rico, no. 42; Peeters-Fontainas 229; Bardon cat. 2005, no. 3 (“Primera ediciòn ilustrada en castellano de gran aprecio y rareza”); P. Lenaghan, Imágenes del Quijote: modelos de representación en las ediciones de los siglos XVII a XIX, Madrid 2003; Cervantes Collection, Cushing Memorial Library (accessed January 2018); Philobiblon, One Thousand Years of Bibliophily, no. 210.

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