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CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, MIGUEL DE. El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha. Madrid: por Juan de la Cuesta 1605. 4to, 191 x 136 mm. (7 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.), eighteenth-century vellum over pasteboard, smooth spine with later gold lettering, red-stained edges, cloth chemise, red-morocco two-part pull-off case, backstrip gold-lettered, small dark dampstain to upper inner margins of first 70 leaves, faint dampstain to last 5 quires, small tear at gutter of M1, a few leaves slightly browned. Second edition. Collation: 4 8 A-Z8 Aa-Rr8. Woodcut printer's device on title, woodcut initials and head- and tail-piece, one type-ornament tail-piece. Brunet I, 1747-8; Palau 51977; PMM 111; L. Rius, Bibliografia Critica de las Obras de...Cervantes, Madrid 1895-1905, 1.

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CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, MIGUEL DE. El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha. Madrid: por Juan de la Cuesta 1605. 4to, 191 x 136 mm. (7 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.), eighteenth-century vellum over pasteboard, smooth spine with later gold lettering, red-stained edges, cloth chemise, red-morocco two-part pull-off case, backstrip gold-lettered, small dark dampstain to upper inner margins of first 70 leaves, faint dampstain to last 5 quires, small tear at gutter of M1, a few leaves slightly browned. Second edition. Collation: 4 8 A-Z8 Aa-Rr8. Woodcut printer's device on title, woodcut initials and head- and tail-piece, one type-ornament tail-piece. Brunet I, 1747-8; Palau 51977; PMM 111; L. Rius, Bibliografia Critica de las Obras de...Cervantes, Madrid 1895-1905, 1.

A FINE FRESH COPY OF THE SECOND MADRID EDITION of the first part of Don Quixote (the second part was not published until 1615). The second edition, easily distinguishable from the virtually unobtainable first edition, printed by Juan de la Cuesta the same year, contains numerous corrections substantive textual variants, including the suppression of at least one passage deemed sacrilegious. This second edition, which was not distinguished from the first edition until the nineteenth century, and was then mistakenly given priority over the true first, was used as the copy text for all but the two Lisbon 1605 editions until the nineteenth-century. Both Madrid editions are filled with typographic errors, although the second is more correct than the first, which was probably suppressed by Cervantes or la Cuesta because of omitted passages (cf. Rius, p. 4); this would account for its extreme rarity. The second edition is also quite rare, and no complete copies have come up at auction since the Chatsworth sale at Christie's in 1982.

Provenance: Prince F. Lobkowicz of Bohemia, armorial bookplate on verso of title. According to information supplied by the consignors, this copy was purchased in Spain early in the seventeenth century by a member of the Lobkowicz family. It remained in the family's castle in Roudnice until World War II, when it was brought to the United States by Prince Max Lobkowicz. In 1953 it was offered for sale by Lathrop Harper (cat. 1/26); it was purchased by the Frank & Janina Foundation in 1957.
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