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The History of the Ingenious Gentleman,

Don Quixote of La Mancha

Translated from the Spanish by Motteux

By Miguel de Cervantes

1822 - Edinburgh - Hurst, Robinson and Co.

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Complete V volume set of Cervantes' Don Quixote.

A new edition with copious notes and an essay on the life and writing of Cervantes.

Direct from the Regency library of Elizabeth Greenly, later Lady Elizabeth Coffin Greenly. Elizabeth Greenly, born at Titley Court, Herefordshire, was a noted and varied collector. She kept prolific diaries from 1784 until her death in 1839 which included her responses to current events and occasions in her daily life. Among the diaries many names and anecdotes of celebrities of the time appear, including Lord Byron, Marie Atoniette, Mary Wollstonecraft and Hannah More. She was known to comment on customs of foreign countries to which she and her friends had travelled, and had a keen interest in scientific discoveries and advancements including medicine and archaeology.

The Greenly library contents show Elizabeth Greenly's numerous interests including: Welsh causes, Science, topography, travel, Bibliana and literature, particularly female poets. The library contains many first editions of contemporary works, and many are signed or contain her bookplate. The library contained over 1000 volumes which show the diversity and depth of her interests and give an insight into the life of this fascinating collector.
 
These works come directly from the library of the Titley Court estate.

Miguel de Cervantes is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language and the wrold's pre-eminent novelist. His most famous work, Don Quixote is considered to be the first modern European novel. The story of Don Quixote was originally published in two volumes, 1605 and 1615. It is classed as the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden age as well as the entire Spanish canon. The novel is episodic in form and is written in the picaresque genre whereby the adventures of a roguish hero are depicted.

CONDITION

In half calf bindings. Externally, a trifle rubbing to boards and spines. Cockling from water damage to all volumes, worse to boards of volume V. Loss to spine of volume v. Prior owner's bookplate to front pastedown of all volumes, E H Greenly. Bookplate to volume III has detached and is loosely inserted.  Volumes III, IV and V are tight to open due to water damage. Internally, firmly bound. Appropriate illustrations possibly from another edition have been pasted to pages of volume I in an amateur manner. Cockling to pages of all volumes. Some pages are adhered together due to water damage. Prior owner's ink inscription to half title pages. The odd spot throughout all volumes. Overall: FAIR.


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