Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, 2 Volumes
Illustrated with 97 Etchings by William T. Wiley
Arion Press, 2009 - Book 1 & 2010 - Book II, Signed Limited Editions, 38 of 400
Full Leather Bindings
Signed by William T. Wiley
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging
This is a signed limited edition of “Don Quixote” published by the Arion Press with a limitation of 400 with these being number 38. From the publisher, “With the publication in October 2010 of Book II of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, following Book I in November 2009, the two-volume set is now complete and stands as one of the major accomplishments of the Press, alongside Moby-Dick and Ulysses. The Arion Press edition of Don Quixote takes its place in a distinguished tradition of illustrated versions of Cervantes’ comic masterpiece. Over the centuries, the adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza have inspired artists and illustrators including Rowlandson, Fragonard, Boucher, Goya, Doré, and Picasso. The Arion edition is illustrated by the acclaimed contemporary artist William T. Wiley whose work was the subject of a major traveling retrospective exhibition originated by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D. C. in 2009.”
The Arion Don Quixote is printed by letterpress on an all-cotton fiber sheet made to our specifications for this project by Mead Specialty Papers, supplied by Legion Paper. The type is Centaur, designed by Bruce Rogers, composed and cast by Mackenzie & Harris. The size of the text type is large, 16 point, cast on a 14-point body, leaded two points, so that the effect is solid 16 point, producing a desirable weave to the page. The initial letters were drawn by Mallette Dean in 1963 for the Grabhorn Press, a set of capitals intended for use with Centaur type. The illustrations are printed from polymer plates made from negatives scratched by the artist, using an etching needle. The prints are in sepia, the type in black, and the initials in red-brown inks. The format is 10-3/8 by 7 inches, 576 pages for Book I, 632 pages for Book II. The binding is three-piece goatskin with dark brown for the spine, with gold titling and tan for the sides, and with a DQ monogram designed by Wiley, in gold, on the front cover. The sections are sewn by hand with hand-sewn headbands at top and bottom. The books are presented in slipcases, with tan cloth around the top, spine, and bottom, dark brown paper sides, and spine label.
The books are signed and numbered by William T. Wiley.
Accompanying the books are the original prospectuses.
The books and slipcases are in MINT condition with book II still in the publisher’s original packaging and book I in bubble wrap as received from the publisher.
Stock photographs of the books, slipcases, and examples of illustrations in the books as well as the prospectus appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."