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Original Editions

Identifier: Series I:

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Don Quixote Collection is comprised of eleven editions of Miguel De Cervantes’ Don Quixote plus three volumes of related works. The collection contains original and facsimile editions in English, Spanish, and Italian, in a variety of sizes and bindings, and related works by other authors. Illustrated editions and various adaptations are also represented among the volumes in the collection, representing the variety of ways in which Don Quixote has been produced and adapted throughout its four centuries of publication.

Highlights of the collection include an original copy of the earliest complete translation of Don Quixote by Thomas Shelton from 1620, the first known commentary based on Don Quixote from 1654, and a 1784 edition of the spurious Part II of Don Quixote, written by Alonso Fernandez de Avellaneda. The Don Quixote Collection allows users to interact with print culture across several centuries as seen through the production of this exceptional literary masterpiece.


  • 1620-1933


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From the Collection: 3 Linear Feet (22 volumes comprising 13 editions)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Special Collections and Archives Repository

Queens College Library, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing 11367 USA us