The History and Adventures of the Renowned Don Quixote

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This authoritative textual edition presents Tobias Smollett's translation of Cervantes's Don Quixote in the form most faithful to Smollett's own intentions. It includes Francis Hayman's twenty-eight illustrations engraved for the original edition, Smollett's explanatory notes, and his prefatory "Life of Cervantes."

Smollett's Don Quixote first appeared in 1755 and was for many years the most popular English-language version of Cervantes's masterpiece. However, soon after the start of the nineteenth century, its reputation began to suffer. Rival translators, literary hucksters, and careless scholars initiated or fed a variety of charges against Smollett--even plagiarism. For almost 130 years no publisher risked reprinting it.

Redemption began in 1986, when the distinguished Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes, in his foreword to a new (albeit flawed) edition of Smollett's translation, declared it to be "the authentic vernacular version" of Don Quixote in English. Fuentes's opinion was in accord with that of the preeminent Cervantist, Francisco Rodríguez Marín, who decades earlier had declared Smollett's Don Quixote to be his preferred English version.

Martin C. Battestin's introduction discusses the composition, publication, and controversial reception of Smollett's Don Quixote. Battestin's notes identify Smollett's sources in his "Life of Cervantes" and in his commentary, provide cross-references to his other works, and illustrate Smollett's originality or dependence on previous translations. Also included is a complete textual apparatus, a glossary of unfamiliar terms, and an appendix comparing a selection of Francis Hayman's original illustrations with the engraved renderings used in the book.

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"The only translation in English that feels as rambunctious as the original feels in Spanish. It opens up the book completely."--Salman Rushdie

"Battestin’s handsome edition for the University of Georgia Press Works of Tobias Smollett, supported by O. M. Brack’s meticulous squiring of the text, restores the book to its proper state, along with its magnificent series of illustrations by Francis Hayman. The Smollett Quixote finally sallies forth as the essential translation for readers of Cervantes who are interested in his profound influence on eighteenth-century British culture, or on the development of the novel as a modern literary genre. . . . Smollett transforms the prose of his template into something mucky, rumbustious and deliciously readable. . . . Smollett’s notes on the faithfulness of Cervantes to ‘the memory of the real substantial chivalry’ also anticipate a later romantic tradition of Quixotism, and confirm that his translation represents the closest engagement of any writer with a book that gave form and spirit to the British comic novel."--Times Literary Suppplement

"Beyond contributing to discussions about the visual dynamics of the eighteenth-century text, this edition of Don Quixote has the potential to influence current conversations about the role translation played in shaping eighteenth-century fiction. . . .The importance of [this] edition to Smollett studies cannot be overstated."--Eighteenth Century Scotland

"The edition produced by Battestin and O M Brack Jr., is an extraordinary achievement, nothing short of inspirational."--Jim May, editor of ECCB

"Somehow lost in the simultaneous and shuffling dust behind Edith Grossman's triumphal chariot is another extraordinary translation of Cervante's masterpiece . . . This edition, a product of superb critical and textual scholarship, goes back to Thursday, 25 February, 1755, to the publication of Don Quixote as translated by the novelist Tobias Smollett, probably, in the good opinion and judgement of people of knowledge and authority, the finest rendering of Don Quixote in the English language. . . . In the absence of Harold Bloom, permit me, if you please, to blow the trumpet for the definitive English version and translation of a magnificent novel."--George Garrett, Hollins Critic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820324302
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Series: The Works of Tobias Smollett
  • Pages: 992
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin C. Battestin is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Virginia. Among other publications, he has edited the novels of Henry Fielding for the authoritative Wesleyan Edition, and he is the author of Fielding's biography. O M Brack Jr., is a Professor of English and director of the Ph.D. Literature Program at Arizona State University. He has written widely on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British literature, bibliography, and textual criticism.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations xxi
Preface xxv
Acknowledgments xxvii
List of Abbreviations xxix
Introduction xxxiii
Volume 1
Dedication 3
The Life of Cervantes 5
Translator's Note 20
Preface to the Reader 21
Part I.
Book I.
I. Of the quality and amusements of the renowned Don Quixote de la Mancha 27
II. Of the sage Don Quixote's first sally from his own habitation 31
III. The diverting expedient Don Quixote falls upon, in order to be knighted 36
IV. Of what befel our knight, when he sallied from the inn 42
V. In which the story of our knight's misfortune is continued 46
VI. Of the diverting and minute scrutiny performed by the curate and the barber, in the library of our sagacious hero 50
VII. The second sally of our worthy knight Don Quixote de la Mancha 55
VIII. Of the happy success of the valiant Don Quixote, and the dreadful and inconceivable adventure of the wind-mills, with other incidents worthy to be recorded by the most able historian 58
Book II.
I. The conclusion and consequence of the stupendous combat between the gallant Biscayan, and the valiant knight of La Mancha 65
II. Of what further happened between Don Quixote and the Biscayan 68
III. Of what happened to Don Quixote, while he remained with the goat-herds 72
IV. What was related by a goatherd, who chanced to come into the hut 78
V. The conclusion of the story of the shepherdess Marcella, and other incidents 82
Book III.
I. Wherein is recounted the unlucky adventure which happened to Don Quixote, in meeting with certain unmerciful Yanguesians 97
II. The adventure that happened to this sagacious knight at the inn, which he mistook for a castle 102
III. Containing the sequel of those incredible grievances which the valiant Don Quixote, and his trusty squire Sancho Panza, underwent at the inn, which, for their misfortune, the knight mistook for a castle 108
IV. In which is recounted the discourse that passed between Sancho Panza and his master Don Quixote; with other adventures worthy of record 114
V. An account of the sage discourse that passed between Sancho and his master: the succeeding adventure of the corpse, with other remarkable events 122
VI. Of the unseen and unheard-of adventure atchieved by the valiant Don Quixote de la Mancha, with less hazard than ever attended any exploit performed by the most renowned knight on earth 128
VII. Of the sublime adventure, and shining acquisition of Mambrino's helmet; with other accidents that happened to our invincible knight 136
VIII. Don Quixote sets at liberty a number of unfortunate people, who, much against their wills, were going a journey that was not at all to their liking 145
IX. Of what befel the renowned Don Quixote in the brown mountain; being one of the most surprising adventures, which is recounted in this true history 152
X. The continuation of the adventure in the Sierra Morena 160
XI. Of the strange adventures that happened to the valiant knight of la Mancha, in the Sierra Morena, where he did penance, in imitation of Beltenebros 167
XII. A continuation of the refinements in love, practised by Don Quixote, in the brown mountain 178
XIII. How the curate and barber set out on the execution of their plan; with other events worthy to be recorded in this sublime history 183
Book IV.
I. Of the new and agreeable adventure that happened to the curate and barber, in the brown mountain 195
II. Of the beautiful Dorothea's discretion; with other pleasant and entertaining particulars 205
III. The pleasant artifice practised to extricate our enamoured knight from the most rigorous penance he had imposed upon himself 214
IV. The savoury conversation that passed between Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza; with many other incidents 221
V. Which treats of what happened to Don Quixote and his company at the inn 227
VI. The novel of the impertinent curiosity 231
VII. The continuation of the novel called the Impertinent curiosity 244
VIII. The conclusion of the Impertinent Curiosity 257
IX. An account of other strange adventures that happened at the inn 263
X. A continuation of the history of the renowned princess Micomicona; with other pleasant adventures 270
XI. The sequel of Don Quixote's curious discourse, on the subjects of learning and war 277
XII. In which the captive recounts his life and adventures 280
XIII. The continuation of the captive's history 285
XIV. The continuation of the captive's adventures 293
XV. Of what further happened at the inn, with many other particulars worthy to be known 306
XVI. The agreeable story of the young muleteer, with many other strange incidents that happened in the inn 310
XVII. A continuation of the surprising events that happened in the inn 317
XVIII. The decision of the doubts concerning Mambrino's helmet and the pannel; with a full and true account of many other adventures 323
XIX. In which is concluded the notable adventure of the troopers; with an account of the surprising ferocity of our worthy knight Don Quixote 329
XX. An account of the strange manner in which Don Quixote was enchanted; with other remarkable events 334
XXI. In which the canon prosecutes the subject of knight-errantry, and makes other observations worthy of his genius 341
XXII. The sage conversation that passed between Sancho Panza and his master Don Quixote 346
XXIII. Of the sage contest between Don Quixote and the canon, with other events 351
XXIV. The story which the goatherd recounted to the conductors of Don Quixote 355
XXV. Of the quarrel that happened between Don Quixote and the goatherd, with the curious adventure of the disciplinants, which the knight happily atchieved with the sweat of his brow 359
Volume 2
Preface 369
Approbations 373
Part II.
Book I.
I. Of the behaviour of the curate and barber, with regard to Don Quixote's infirmity 377
II. The notable fray that happened between Sancho and Don Quixote's niece and housekeeper; with other diverting incidents 384
III. The ludicrous conversation that passed between Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, and the batchelor Sampson Carrasco 387
IV. In which Sancho Panza satisfies the doubts, and answers the questions of batchelor Sampson Carrasco; with other incidents worthy to be recited and known 392
V. Of the sage and pleasant dialogue between Sancho Panza and his wife Teresa Panza, with other incidents worthy to be most happily recorded 396
VI. Of what passed between Don Quixote, his niece and housekeeper, being one of the most important chapters of the whole history 400
VII. Of what passed between Don Quixote and his squire; with other surprising incidents 404
VIII. An account of what happened to Don Quixote, in his journey to visit his mistress Dulcinea del Toboso 408
IX. Which contains what you will see in the perusal of it 413
X. Gives an account of the stratagem which Sancho practised, in order to enchant the lady Dulcinea; with other circumstances equally ludicrous and true 415
XI. Of the strange adventure which befel the valiant Don Quixote, with the cart or waggon containing the parliament of death 422
XII. Of the strange adventure that happened to the valiant Don Quixote, in his encounter with the knight of the mirrours 426
XIII. In which is continued the adventure of the knight of the wood; with the sage, uncommon and agreeable dialogue that passed between the two squires 430
XIV. Wherein the adventure of the knight of the wood is continued 434
XV. Which gives an account and information of the knight of the mirrours, and his squire 442
XVI. What happened to Don Quixote, with a grave gentleman of La Mancha 444
XVII. Which sets before the reader that highest and most exalted pinnacle, which the incredible magnanimity of Don Quixote ever did, or ever could arrive at, with the happy issue of the adventure of the lions 450
Book II.
I. Of what befel Don Quixote, at the castle or house of the knight of the green surtout; with other out-of-the-way matters 457
II. In which is recounted the adventure of the enamoured shepherd, with other truly diverting incidents 463
III. An account of the wedding of Camacho the rich, and what happened to Basilius the poor 468
IV. Which continues to treat of Camacho's wedding, and other incidents 474
V. In which is recounted the vast adventure of the cave of Montesinos, in the heart of La Mancha, which was happily atchieved by the valiant Don Quixote 479
VI. Of the wonderful incidents recounted by the extravagant Don Quixote, who pretended to have seen them in the profound cave of Montesinos; from the greatness and impossibility of which, this adventure has been deemed apocryphal 484
VII. In which are recounted a thousand fooleries, equally impertinent and necessary to the true understanding of this sublime history 491
VIII. In which is set forth the braying adventure, and the diverting atchievement of the puppets, with the memorable responses of the divining ape 495
IX. In which is continued the diverting adventure of the puppet-shew; with other matters really entertaining enough 501
X. In which the reader will discover who Mr. Peter and his ape were; together with Don Quixote's bad success in the braying adventure, which did not at all turn out according to his wish and expectation 507
XI. Of things related by Benengeli, which he who reads them attentively, will know 512
XII. Of the famous adventure of the inchanted bark 516
XIII. Of what passed between Don Quixote and a fair huntress 520
XIV. Which treats of manifold important subjects 524
XV. Containing Don Quixote's reply to his reprover; with other serious and diverting incidents 530
I. Of the pleasant conversation that passed between the dutchess, her women, and Sancho Panza; worthy to be read and remembered 541
II. Which gives an account of the information received, touching the means for disenchanting the peerless Dulcinea del Toboso; one of the most renowned adventures of this book 546
III. Being a continuation of what was imparted to Don Quixote, touching the means for disinchanting Dulcinea; with an account of other surprizing incidents 551
IV. Which gives an account of the perilous and inconceivable adventure of the afflicted Duenna, alias the countess Trifaldi; together with a letter which Sancho Panza wrote to his wife Teresa Panza 556
V. In which is continued the famous adventure of the afflicted duenna 560
VI. In which is recounted the misfortune of the afflicted duenna 561
VII. In which the lady Trifaldi proceeds with her memorable and stupendous story 565
VIII. Of circumstances appertaining and relating to this adventure and memorable story 567
IX. Of Clavileno's arrival, and the conclusion of this protracted adventure 571
X. Containing Don Quixote's instructions to Sancho Panza, before he set out for his government, with other well weighed incidents 578
XI. Of the second series of instructions which Don Quixote gave to Sancho Panza 581
XII. Giving an account of the manner in which Sancho was conducted to the government, and of a strange adventure that happened to Don Quixote in the castle 585
XIII. Giving an account of the manner in which Sancho Panza took possession of his island, and began his administration 592
XIV. Of the dreadful consternation, and cattish concert, to which Don Quixote was exposed, in the course of the enamoured Altisidora's amour 597
XV. Containing a further account of Sancho's behaviour in his government 601
XVI. Of Don Quixote's adventure with Donna Rodriguez, the dutchess's duenna; and other incidents worthy of eternal fame 606
XVII. Of what happened to Sancho Panza, in going the round of his island 613
XVIII. Which declares who were the inchanters and executioners that scourged the duenna, and pinched and scratched Don Quixote; together with the expedition of the page, who carried the letter to Teresa Panza, Sancho's spouse 621
XIX. Of the progress of Sancho Panza's government, and other such diverting incidents 628
XX. In which is recorded the adventure of the second afflicted, or sorrowful matron; otherwise called Donna Rodriguez 633
Book IV.
I. Of the toilful end and conclusion of Sancho Panza's government 639
II. Which treats of matters belonging to this history, and no other whatsoever 643
III. Of certain accidents that befel Sancho upon the road; and other circumstances, which to know you need only look forward 648
IV. Of the dreadful and unseen battle, fought between Don Quixote de la Mancha and the lacquey Tosilos, in behalf of the daughter of Rodriguez the duenna 653
V. Giving an account of the manner in which Don Quixote took leave of the duke; and of what passed between him and the gay and witty Altisidora, one of the dutchess's damsels 656
VI. Shewing how adventures thronged upon Don Quixote so thick as to intangle one another 660
VII. In which is recounted the extraordinary incident that happened to Don Quixote, and may well pass for an adventure 667
VIII. Of what befel Don Quixote in his way to Barcelona 673
IX. Of what happened to Don Quixote on his entrance into Barcelona, with other circumstances that partake more of truth than of discretion 682
X. Containing the adventure of the inchanted head, with other trivial incidents which, however, must not be omitted 684
XI. Of the misfortune which befel Sancho Panza on board of the gallies, and the rare adventure of the beautiful Moor 693
XII. Giving the detail of an adventure which gave Don Quixote more mortification than he had received from all the misfortunes which had hitherto befallen him 700
XIII. Which discovers who the knight of the white moon was, and gives an account of the deliverance of Don Gregorio, with other incidents 703
XIV. Treating of that which will be seen by him who reads, and known by him who hears it read 707
XV. Of the resolution which Don Quixote took to become a shepherd and lead a pastoral life, until the term of his confinement should be elapsed, with other incidents truly entertaining 710
XVI. Of the bristly adventure in which Don Quixote was involved 713
XVII. Of the most singular and strangest adventure that happened to Don Quixote in the whole course of this sublime history 717
XVIII. Which follows the preceding, and treats of matters that must be disclosed, in order to make the history the more intelligible and distinct 721
XIX. Of what happened to Don Quixote and his squire, in their journey to their own village 725
XX. Giving an account of Don Quixote's arrival at his own habitation 730
XXI. Of the omens that occurred to Don Quixote when he entered the village; with other incidents which adorn and authenticate this sublime history 734
XXII. Giving an account of Don Quixote's last illness and death 738
Notes to the Text 743
Glossary 793
Appendix Hayman's Designs 797
Textual Commentary 803
Corrected and Uncorrected Sheets 811
List of Emendations 829
Word-Division 865
Historical Collation 871
Bibliographical Descriptions 923
Index 931
Appendix to the Index: Smollett and His Sources Compared 941
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