The Quixote of Avellaneda

The Quixote of Avellaneda

Terragona (Spain) — 1614

Written by a rival: the fascinating, unauthorized sequel to *Don Quijote*, which preceded Part II by Miguel de Cervantes

  1. Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) immortalized himself with his famous novel, first published in 1605

  2. A spurious second edition by a mysterious author known only by the pseudonym Avellaneda was published in 1614

  3. Possibly a rival of Cervantes, Avellaneda insults him in the prologue, which spurred Cervantes to finish his sequel

The Quixote of Avellaneda

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The Quixote of Avellaneda

The iconic Spanish novel Don Quixote is Miguel de Cervantes grandiose contribution to world literature and was an instant success. An unknown scholar under the pseudonym Alonso Fernández de Avellaneda, impatient with the publication of the novel’s sequel, created his own, in which he insults Cervantes. This unauthorized “fan fiction” spurred Cervantes to complete his own sequel, and attests to the tremendous influence the work had in the early 17th century.

The Quixote of Avellaneda

Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) immortalized himself with his famous novel Don Quixote, which is the most translated book in the world after the Bible, appearing in over 140 languages. The story of the Man of la Mancha, a pseudo-knight-errant who has been deranged by overconsumption of medieval chivalric romances, is the single most influential work of the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. After the first part was published in 1605, Cervantes began work on a sequel that was published in 1615, but he was preempted by the **publication of a spurious second edition in 1614 by a mysterious author known only by the pseudonym Alonso Fernández de Avellaneda of Tordesillas, which was supposedly printed by a certain Felipe Roberto in Tarragona. The identity remains contested, but he must have been a well-educated man, possibly of the nobility, and a skilled writer. It is possible that this figure was a rival of Cervantes, because in the prologue he needlessly insults Cervantes, who was naturally offended and responded with criticism of Avellaneda in his own authentic sequel. Although inferior to Cervantes’ masterpiece, Avellaneda's work spurred an aging Cervantes to complete his Part Two of Don Quixote. Nevertheless, this apocryphal novel was reprinted several times and remains an interesting read, particularly for literary historians.


Alternative Titles
El Quijote de Avellaneda
Quijote von Avellaneda
Sequel of Don Quixote
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
The Quixote of Avellaneda  – Cerv. vit. III-3 – Biblioteca Nacional de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain)
Millennium Liber – Madrid, 2017
Limited Edition: 995 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 El Quijote de Avellaneda

Millennium Liber – Madrid, 2017

Publisher: Millennium Liber – Madrid, 2017
Limited Edition: 995 copies
Binding: Leather bound on a board, goffered in gold like the original. The facsimile and the accompanying commentary volume are presented in an elegant case.
Commentary: Language: Spanish
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Facsimile edition printed on special made paper. Collected, folded and sewn by hand.
Price Category: €€ (1,000€ - 3,000€)
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