London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson in the Strand, and R. Dodsley in Pall-Mall, 1742.
First edition of the "Jarvis" translation. Engraved portrait of Cervantes by George Virtue after G. Kent, 68 numbered engraved plates by Gerard van der Gucht after John Vanderbank. 2 vols. 4to. Full contemporary vellum, spines titled in gilt, all edges stained red, Dutch flowered endpapers. Fine. Lowndes II, 401 ("An elegant edition"). Item #302686
[Bound with:] Gregorio MAYANS Y SISCAR. The Life of Michael de Cervantes Saavedra. Translated by John Ozell. London: J. and R. Tonson, 1738. Bound following the Advertisement concerning the Prints, vol. I.
The first edition of the Charles Jarves (1675-1739) translation of Don Quixote, published posthumously in 1742 and forever known as the "Jarvis" translation due to a printer's error on the title-page. "Frequently reprinted, it is generally acknowledged as being close in spirit to the original" (ODNB). An immaculate copy in contemporary vellum.
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