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The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote De La Mancha: Completed in Two Parts
A new translation from the Spanish, with a critical text based upon the first editions of 1605 and 1615, and with variant readings, variorum notes, and an introduction by Samuel Putnam.

by De Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel
Published by The Viking Press, New York, Ny (1949)
Hardcover First Edition (o previous editions stated)
1043 pages Measures 8x6x2 inches 2 pounds 7 ounces

Condition: Good.
Well read copy is clean and sturdy. Black cloth covers are lightly frayed at top spine edge. Gold spine text is faded. Former owner plate neatly placed on ffe, also a neat writing of their acquisition date 1950. Pages clean.
Text is crisp on slightly off-white pages.

THE life of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra like that of Shakespeare is
largely shrouded in darkness, a darkness that modern scholarship has not
succeeded in dispelling to any considerable extent.1 We do not even
know the exact date on which he was born, but we do know that his
birth occurred in the little town of Alcala de Henares near Madrid and
that he was christened there, in the church of Santa Maria, on October
9, 1547- The son of a wandering ne'er-do-well apothecary-surgeon, he
came of an old family of Northern Spain that had seen better days but r

was now harassed by debt and poverty. Cervantes was to be accustomed
as long as he lived to the condition of penniless gentleman.
For the first twenty-one years his biography is a blank, there being
no definite evidence as to the whereabouts of his family or the nature of
his schooling. It is believed that he may have attended the Jesuit college
in Seville, but there is nothing to show that he had any university educa­
tion. The first dependable date that we have following his christening is
1568, at which time he was a student in the City School of Madrid.
Meanwhile, it is possible that he had left his studies for a period of service
with the army in Flanders. In December 1569 he is to be found in Rome,
serving as chamberlain to Cardinal Acquaviva, and from there he writes
home for a certificate of legitimacy, setting forth that he is of "old
Christian" stock, in order that he may be able to enter his Majesty's
armed forces. He then enlisted in the Spanish legion stationed in Italy
and in 1571 took part in the campaign under John of Austria that cul­
minated on October 7 in the naval battle of Lepanto and a decisive
victory over the Turks.
Lepanto from that time forth was to be a magic word in Cervantes'
vocabulary, marking what obviously was for him the high point of his
career; for he remained to the end of his days the old soldier reliving the
past and priding himself on his honorable scars.2 And he had good reason
to remember that famous battle, for a maimed left hand was ever there
to remind him of the heroism he had displayed. Though ill with malarial
fever, he had insisted that his comrades carry him on deck that he might
join in the fight, and even after he had been wounded, he fought on.
Two of the wounds were in the chest, and a third shattered his hand,
rendering it useless for the rest of his life.
Cervantes also participated in the Tunis campaign in the fall of 1573,
and in November of the following year his military service ended with
letters of commendation to the King given him by John of Austria and
by the Duke of Sessa, Spanish viceroy in Naples. He was a model sol­
dier, and this fact—which must have resulted in his close confinement
to camp and barracks-may go to explain the rather superficial impres­
sions that he seems to have derived from contact with the culture of
the hahan Renaissance.* In September i575 he and his brother Rodrigo,
who was also serving on the peninsula, embarked for Spain and on Ae
way we captured by Algerian pirates, an experience that is reflected
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mends and by December 1580 was back in Madrid.

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote De La Mancha Completed in Two Parts Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra Viking Press 1949 Hardcover 1st Edition


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