(London: J. C. Nimmo and Bain, 1880). 197 x 133 mm. (7 3/4 x 5 1/4"). Four volumes. Translated from the Spanish by Peter Anthony Motteux. Edited "with notes and memoir" by John G. Lockhart. With a "notice of the life and works of Motteux" by Henri van Laun.
Medium brown crushed half morocco by Bayntun for Charles E. Lauriat Co. of Boston (signed on verso of front endpaper), raised bands, titling in gilt on spine, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. 16 etchings by Ricardo de los Rios printed on high quality textured paper. Half title of first volume WITH A PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION in ink, to Monsieur F. Chuit from Henri van Laun, dated "Londres, ce 16 Juin, 1881." Title pages printed in red and black. Front pastedowns with bookplate of Robert Marceau. Ackerman, "The Talfourd P. Linn Collection" 57; Lansing, p. 53. Isolated trivial foxing, but the text and bindings generally in very fine condition.
This is a pleasing version of Cervantes' classic tale of a wandering knight, in the translation of Pierre-Antoine Le Moteux or Motteux (1660-1718), a French Protestant who took refuge in London, learned English so perfectly that he became a translator, fathered 22 children, became addicted to strong drink, and was finally murdered amidst squalid surroundings. A biography of the translator's troubled life by Henri van Laun, who made a presentation of our copy, is included, as well as notes and a 50-page biography of Cervantes himself, first published in 1822, by John Gibson Lockhart (1794-1854), novelist, journalist, and the biographer of his son-in-law, Sir Walter Scott. Spanish bibliographer Rius opines that the etchings by Spanish painter Ricardo de los Rios (1847-1929) impart a local charm rarely seen in foreign editions of the work and notes that "the edition is very well printed on good quality paper." (ST15557-32)
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PJP Catalog: RCVF20.017