Don Quixote

Miguel de CERVANTESDen verstandigen vroomen ridder, Don Quichot de la Mancha… En uyt de spaensche in onze nederlandsche tale overgeset door L. V. B. [Lambertus van den Bosch, 1620-1698]. Verciert met 25 kopere figuren. De vijfde druk. Op nieuws overzien, en van veele misstellingen gezuiverd door G. V. Broekhuysen.

Amsterdam, bij Willem de Coup, Willem van Lamsveld, en Philip Verbeek, 1699.

Two volumes in one, 8vo, contemporary vellum, spine titled in black ink. 412pp. (including title); title, 426pp., 15 unnumbered table leaves. Dutch text.

Engraved frontispiece by Laurens Scherm and 24 fine (unsigned) copper-engraved plates copied from the 1657 Dordrecht edition [first illustrated edition of Don Quixote]. Complete.

Fine 17thC. Dutch Edition of a great classic of world literature.

First Edition of the Dutch translation by Lambertus van den Bosch, revised and corrected by G. V. Broekhuysen, the first to contain an index at the end.

The first complete illustrated edition of Cervantes’s novel of Don Quixote appeared not in the original Spanish but in a Dutch translation, printed in Dordrecht in 1657. It contained as many as 24 illustrations, plus two frontispieces. Jacob Savery, the printer, was most probably also responsible for the engravings. In 1662, 16 of his illustrations were then reused in a Spanish edition printed by Jan Mommaert in Brussels. Then in 1672/73, Hieronymus and Johannes Baptista Verdussen of Antwerp printed an edition with the two frontispieces and 32 engravings of which 16 were retained from the 1662 edition and 16 were new. The images of the 1657 edition had limited subsequent circulation except in Dutch versions, while those in the 1672/73 Antwerp edition were widely used in versions in French, English, German and Spanish until well into the 18th century.

“La presente quinta edición ofrece la novedad de llevar un índice, por orden alfabético, de nombres pro pios y palabras más notables de la obra, con indicación del capítulo y página en donde se hallan. ¡Quién sabe si este índice sirvió de embrión á Bowle para desarrollar los suyos! Por su papel de excelente calidad y buena impresión es la mejor de las ediciones de van den Bosch” (Rius, I, 803).

Tiny hole on p. 179 without loss of text, age-toning to a few pages throughout, faint browning at the end of the volume, generally a pleasing copy in period binding.

Uncommon. All early Quixote editions are very collectible.

Ref. Arents, Cervantes in het nederlands, 443 / Martin del Rio y Rico, 559

Price: 1.500,00 euros

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