The History of the Valorous and Wittie Knight-Errant Don Quixote of the Mancha

CERVANTES, Miguel. Translated out of the Spanish by Thomas Shelton 1612.
Chelsea: The Ashendene Press, 1927 - 1928.
Two parts in one volume. One of 225copies on Bachelor paper (20 copies printed on vellum).
Folio (c.427 x 310 mm), full red and light brown morocco, spine with five raised bands, lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut and untrimmed, marbled endpapers. Spin and front cover with slight uneven fading of the red morocco, else fine.


Printed in red and black in Ptolemy type, text in double columns. Borders and initials are designed by Louise Powell and then cut on wood by W. M. Quick and Geo[rge] H. Ford. This is the largest sized book of the Ashendene Press.

""Don Quixote"" represented a new direction for the Ashendene Press in its typeface and decoration. The new typeface by Emery Walker was based on the font used in the Ulm 1482 edition of Ptolemy and was ""a much lighter, more elegant letter than the earlier fount,"" the denser Subiaco type. ""And with the use of this less dictatorial type face, the printer could cast away a little of his restraint in planning whatever lay outside it. So in Don Quixote we find at last an alphabet of open and freely drawn, decorative initial letters, designed by Louise Powell and shadowing something of Kelmscott Press taste from years before."" -Franklin, pp. 56-57.

Price: $7,500.00
SKU: 33572
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