London: Printed by Richard Hodgkinsonne, for Andrew Crooke, 1652. Second Edition. Second complete edition in English and the first edition of both parts issued together (and first English edition in folio). Translated by Thomas Shelton. Folio (289 x 187 mm), collation: , 137, , 138-214, 216-244, 244-274; complete, but for the final blank. Bound in contemporary full calf, rebacked to style with gilt spine title and compartments, new end papers. An excellent, clean copy internally with a few millimeters repaired at the lower edge of the title page, and some minor creasing to the title, otherwise about as fresh a copy as one could hope for.
“One of those universal works which are read by all ages at all times.” (PMM 111) Published in two volumes a decade apart (in 1605 and 1615), Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature to emerge from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of Western literature, it is often cited as the first modern novel. The Shelton translation is generally considered the English translation that “realizes Cervantes' manner more nearly than any successor.” (DNB) Grolier, Langland to Wither, 213. Pforzheimer 140. (Item #2116)