CERVANTES (translator SHELTON, Thomas) The History of the Valorous and Witty Knight-Errant Don Quixote of the Mancha Gibbings & Co. Ltd. London, 1895.
Small 8vo. 4 vols. Victorian half speckled calf over marbled paper boards; a tidy set in very good condition, with some mild toning to the edges of the boards, and a little foxing to the endpapers.
A four volume edition of Thomas Shelton's Quixote translation, which is famed for being the first translation of the novel into English, and unlike later translations is appreciated as being the only version we have which was begun during Cervantes' lifetime. Alas, it's also a tad infamous for being incredibly literal, and for some rather embarrassing mistakes based on Shelton not quite understanding that some Spanish words have more than one meaning when used in different contexts. This edition of the book is accompanied by the illustrations of Frank Brangwyn.