Oct 13 at 12:00 PM - Sale 2617 -

Sale 2617 - Lot 162

Estimate: $ 40,000 - $ 60,000
Cervantes, Miguel de (1547-1616)
El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Valencia: Pedro Patricio Mey for Iuseppe Ferrer, 1605.

Third authorized edition, first Valencia edition, octavo, with approbation dated July 18, 1605; catchword on †2 recto "LA" (not AL); first leaf of text numbered "1"; page 192 numbered 162; page 243 numbered 234; woodcut of the knight errant in armor on horseback holding a sword on the title page; title page stained and rubbed with a hole and loss of a few letters, repaired on verso; headlines cropped, lower corners of Bbb7 & Bbb8 with loss to corners, restored, with some words provided in facsimile; staining to top margin last few leaves; bound in later limp parchment with ties; title on spine in reddish ink, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.

The first part of Don Quixote was published in Madrid in 1605 and was propelled by popularity into multiple editions and several pirated editions in quick succession. This particular edition was published with Cervantes's approval.

Brunet I 1748; Palau 51980; Rius 5; rare at auction.

From the Ken Rapoport Collection.