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(Madrid: Joachin Ibarra, 1753). 165 x 114 mm. (6 1/2 x 4 1/2"). Single column, 20 lines of text in a very pleasing roman type.
Matted. ◆IN ESPECIALLY FINE CONDITION, quite clean, fresh, and bright.
Chosen as court printer to the Spanish king Carlos III, Joaquin Ibarra (1725-85) had a celebrated career that featured two remarkable achievements, the diglot Sallust of 1772 and the beautiful Royal Academy edition of "Don Quixote," generally considered to be the finest version of the work ever produced. Influenced by the stately typefaces of Bodoni, Didot, and Baskerville, Ibarra established such a wide and considerable reputation that he made a major contribution to "raising the standards of printing, not only in Spain, but in Europe generally." (Glaister). (ST10582l)