Brusselas: por Roger Velpius, inpressor de sus Altezas, en l'Aguila de oro, cerca de Palacio, 1607.
7th Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003238
8vo (161 x 104 mm). , 592,  pp. Signatures: *8 **4 A-2O8 2P4. Title with small typographic vignette, text with woodcut initials and tailpieces. The book was rebound in early 19th-century in plain calf with gilt-lettered morocco spine label, marbled edges and endpapers (light wear and bumping to corners). Page margins trimmed close but not touching headlines or text, little uneven browning, some brown-staining from lamp oil or water from p.470 onwards, a few insignificant dampstains at corners elsewhere, light pencil markings found until p.125, 4 pages with small rust stains, a few dog-ears. Provenance: from a French private library; illegible ownership signature of previous owner and inscription "Esta libro a mi dado por el Sr. Plisson a 26 de Marco año 1843" on final page. Still very good copy. ----
RARE FIRST BRUSSELS EDITION OF THE FIRST PART OF DON QUIXOTE AND THE FIRST PRINTED OUTSIDE THE IBERIAN PENINSULA. Ruiz notes that this edition was the most finely printed of the early versions to date. Don Quixote won immediate fame shortly after its appearance in 1605 for its "variety, liveliness, and gibes at the famous." Its subdued pathos and universal humanity have assured it a place as "one of those universal works which are read by all ages at all times" (PMM). It quickly went through numerous editions, translations, and piracies. This edition is the seventh overall - all early editions are rare. Velpius' edition, which introduced the text to Northern Europe, is based on Cuesta's second (with many misprints and other textual infelicities corrected). References: Palau 51981; Rius, L. Bibliografia critica de las obras de Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 7; USTC 5039050; cf. PMM 111; Bloom, Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote, p. 1.; Ford, J.D.M. Cervantes p. 5. Visit our website to see more images!
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