Don Quixote by Miguel De Servantes Saavedra
Translated by Jogn Ormsby. Illustrated by Edy Legrand.
Easton Press Collector's Edition from The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written Series.
Hardcover bound in full maroon leather with raised bands on spine, 22kt gold gilt titles and handsome gilt decorations on boards and spine, moire silk endpapers with a matching silk ribbon placeholder bound in.
Very Good condition. Easton Press bookplate with previous owner's name is pasted inside.
This is the story that a Nobel Prize Committee survey of one hundred of the world's best writers named "the greatest book of all time." DON QUIXOTE is the biggest-selling book of fiction ever written. It has sold more than 500 million copies.
According to tradition Cervantes first conceived his comic masterpiece in jail - his avowed intent being to debunk the romances of chivalry. From first publication Don Quixote was a best-seller, initially taken as a knockabout account of a mad Spanish gentleman and his cowardly peasant squire, but later reinterpreted as an enlightenment text, a representation of universal human nature, a myth of a tragic hero defending man's nobler aspirations, a study in alienation, a spiritual autobiography, a metaphor for Spain's imperial decline, an experimental novel that shaped later prose fiction, a tragedy and comedy in one, and a demonstration that ambiguity and uncertainty can lie at the centre of great art and that great art can be comic.