New York: Scribner, Welford and Armstrong, 1876. Item #03257
Gustave Dorés Spain
DORÉ, Gustave, illustrator. DAVILLIER, Baron Ch. Spain… Translated by J. Thomson. New York: Scribner, Welford and Armstrong, 1876.
First US edition in English. Folio (13 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches; 341 x 250 mm.). xiii, (1, blank), 512 pp. Engraved frontispiece, six full page engraved plates and 228 other illustrations, many of which are full-page.
Publishers red cloth, front cover and spine pictorially stamped in gilt and black, pale yellow coated end-papers, all edges gilt, inner hinges expertly and almost invisibly repaired. A near fine copy.
"Although this book came out in 1874 [first French edition], the illustrations for it began to be published in 1862. It was a serial that ran for 12 years! When Doré went to Spain in 1862 to do the Don Quixote illustrations, he was fascinated with the people and culture of Spain. So in 1862, Tour du Monde began a serial on Spain with Doré's engravings and text by Baron Charles Davillier. Altogether Doré did 164 full-page plates and 160 vignettes for Spain, completing it in 1873. When Hachette published it in a 10 1/2 x 14 [inches] book form in 1974, it contained 306 of the 324 magazine engravings, and two of those were new. While there are only about a dozen editions with the original Davillier text, there are about 70 editions with some of Doré's Spain engravings used with about 30 different texts, including those by Alexandre Dumas, Theophile Gautier, Edmondo de Amicis, William Prescott and Ernest Hemingway…
The first English book edition of Spain finally came out in 1876. It contained 235 of the 306 engravings in the French book edition. There were only three English book editions; 1876 S. Low, 1876 Scribner, and 1881 Bickers. But English readers had been seeing those illustrations long before the official book version came out. In fact, in the 20 years from 1869-1888, there were at least 15 different titles containing some Doré Spain engravings." (Malan, Gustave Doré - Adrift on dreams of splendor. pp. 131-133).