The Limited Editions Club, 1950. Legrand, Edy. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Two volumes (complete), no. 386 of 1500, folio size, 684 total pp. Near fine. Item #18082901
"Don Quixote", a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), tells of the adventures of the nobleman Alonso Quixano, who, after reading many chivalric romances, decides to set out on a quest to revive chivalry, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha. He imagines himself as a knight on a noble mission to fight for justice in the world, even though the world he lives in no longer resembles his romantic fantasies.
This publication by the Limited Editions Club is lavishly illustrated by French painter Edy Legrand (1892-1970), who creates pen and dry-brush drawings with a deep sensibility to colour; his landscapes of characters are gritty and real, a stark contrast to the world Don Quixote seeks to make.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter yellow cloth with marbled paper boards, burgundy leather spine label with gilt ruled borders and lettering, frontispiece in each volume a full-colour illustration by Edy Legrand, both volumes with full-page colour illustrations by Legrand throughout, text in double columns; linotype Bodoni type, Curtis special paper, folio size (12.5" by 9"), pagination: Part One: [1-6] 7-348; Part Two: [349-351] 352-682  [1 colophon], one of 1500 copies, this number 386. Housed in a slipcase covered in grey paper, with a white paper spine label with brown ruled borders and lettering.
___CONDITION: Volumes are near fine, with clean boards, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; head of the spine (both volumes) slightly bumped, top corners straight with a hint of rubbing, bottom corners on Part Two gently bumped with a bit more rubbing, some dustiness to the yellow spine cloth. The slipcase is good, strong and sturdy (a prior owner did glue the box along one seam), with overall soiling and edge wear, the top beginning to split at the edges.
___CITATION: LEC no. 209.
___POSTAGE: Please note that this is a large and heavy set, and therefore additional postage will apply; please inquire for details.
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