(London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1818). 222 x 137 mm. (8 3/4 x 5 3/8"). Four volumes. First Edition with Smirke Plates.
Attractive 20th century red straight-grain morocco by Bayntun (stamp-signed on front free endpapers), covers with single gilt frame, raised bands, compartments with gilt lettering or framed with lily tools, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt. With a total of 48 engravings (24 plates and 26 vignettes) after Robert Smirke. Lowndes I, 401. Bindings with just a hint of soiling and shelf wear, occasional light foxing internally (a little heavier on some of the plates), plates in volume I with a very light dampstain in lower margins, one plate with short tear to margin, but a very good set, clean and fresh throughout, and in handsome, well-preserved bindings.
This is an attractive copy of an esteemed edition of Don Quixote, illustrated and translated by a father and daughter team. Robert Smirke (1753-1845) was a member of the Royal Academy and renowned for his paintings inspired by great literature. According to DNB, "Smirke mostly painted in oil or in grisaille and he frequently produced works on a small format to facilitate their reproduction as engravings. His style is notable for its flowing, refined drawing, and his use of characterization is typically expressive, revealing playful humour or drama." His daughter Mary (1779-1853), an accomplished artist herself, was also skilled with languages and produced the present translation to accompany her father's illustrations. In addition to being faithfully translated and well illustrated, our set looks handsome on the shelf. (ST13599-25)
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PJP Catalog: Sets1.004