Continental Literature

Chief among these holdings is a group of Cervantes’s works, including the first edition of Don Quixote, Dr. Rosenbach’s favorite book, and documents in Cervantes’s hand. The Continental Literature collection also includes a complete, 56-volume copy of George Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon’s Histoire naturelle, générale et particuliére with 2,978 plates; a presentation copy of Erasmus’s Novum Testamentum (1519) with woodcuts by Hans Holbein; and small but significant holdings in French literature, ranging from an illuminated manuscript of Guillaume de Deguilleville’s Trois pélerinages (1437) to manuscripts of Emile Zola and Anatole France and the rare second edition of Jean Cocteau’s Le Livre Blanc, illustrated by Cocteau and including one of his original drawings.

Collection Highlights

Segundo tomo del ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha

Cervantes ended Don Quixote (1605) by promising a second part, but did not publish it until 1615. Meanwhile, a writer calling himself Alonso Fernandez de Avellaneda obliged impatient readers with his own continuation. Cervantes faced this dilemma with ingenuity, bringing Avellaneda’s book into the world of his own novel, where…

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