The first edition of Miguel de Cervante's worldwide success: one of the most important works in world literature and a milestone in Spanish literary history

Don Quixote de la Mancha

Don Quixote de la Mancha

Don Quixote de la Mancha

  1. The tragicomedy of the knight-errant from la Mancha was an instant success and remains popular today

  2. The work, published in two parts in 1605 and 1615, made Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) famous worldwide

  3. The precious first edition of the bestseller reproduced here survives today in about 30 specimens

Don Quixote de la Mancha

Don Quixote de la Mancha

Chapter 28: “F” Initial

Originally, printed books were produced with blank spaces for decorative initials to be filled in by hand according to the wishes of the person who purchased a copy. As the art of engraving progressed, woodcut initials evolved and became increasingly artful. This initial shows a small castle in the distance surrounded by leafy plants. A dent in the upper left corner indicates that the dye or mold used for this page was dented or damaged somehow.

Don Quixote de la Mancha

Alternative Titles:
  • Don Quixote de la Mancha
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
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  1. Short Description
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Short Description

As Miguel de Cervantes published the second part of Don Quixote, the first part was already huge success. The humorous adventure of the knight errand, who fought against windmills and took charge of his own destiny, enchanted readers from the beginning and is no less fascinating today. Thus, the two-part novel became one of the most significant works of world literature and a milestone of Spanish literary history! The first edition of both parts from 1605 and 1615 respectively allows one to comprehend this success story.

Don Quixote de la Mancha

Miguel de Cervantes‘ work El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha etc. El Ingenioso Cavallero Don Quixote de la Mancha was printed in two parts in the years 1605 and 1615 by Juan de la Cuesta in Madrid. Neither the author nor the printer could have anticipated such success from the two-part story. In the first few years alone, the first part enjoyed success with ten editions. The precious first edition of the bestseller survives today in about 30 specimens, including the one presented here from the Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen in Toledo.

Bibliophile Treasures from the Spanish Golden Age

The printed specimens of the first edition of Don Quixote present themselves as small book treasures, which are wonderfully designed and whose focus lies entirely on the literary content. The adventurous world of the knight errand from la Mancha unfolds on 321 and 280 pages respectively, the volumes are 18.5 x 12.7 cm. An exquisitely designed title page with a figurative woodcut as well as some elaborate initials make up the restrained décor of the precious first edition.

The Melancholic Knight

The author of the masterpiece, Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616), became one of the most significant figures in history and one of the most famous authors of all time. His story, written in Spanish and later translated into numerous languages, describes a people who do not want to accept their fate. The character Don Quixote typifies these rebellious people who are engaged in the struggle for justice in the world. Thus, the story of the “melancholic knight”, who fights against windmills and other adversaries, still has a morally instructive component. This belies the outstanding position of Don Quixote during the so-called Golden Age of Spanish literature, nay, in all Spanish literary history!

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Don Quixote de la Mancha
Don Quixote de la Mancha

Don Quixote de la Mancha

Title Page

Prior to the 17th century, there was no standard form for book titles. Not only was information that we take for granted concerning the author, date, and place of its creation missing, most medieval manuscripts do not even have a title and are known by their shelf marks. This began to change around the year 1600 as printed books became more standardized.

This first edition of Cervantes’ novel has an early example of a modern title page with the full title and author listed at the top, followed by a dedication to the Duke of Béjar. The publisher’s escutcheon consists of a falcon, sleeping lion, and the motto “Light After Darkness”, a reference to the Book of Job. Finally, the year, location, and name of the publisher are given at the bottom.

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Don Quixote de la Mancha
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
Don Quixote de la Mancha – Biblioteca del Cigarral del Carmen
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Don Quixote de la Mancha

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