The Adventures of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, circa 1930s) illustrated by Harry G. Theaker
The Adventures of Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes, illustrated by Harry G. Theaker
Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, [No Date] circa 1930s
A volume in the 48 colour plate (incl. endpapers) ‘Prince Charming’ series from Ward, Lock & Co., published from the late 1910s and through the 1920s/1930s. Titles include ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Hans Andersen’s Fairy Stories’, ‘Robinson Crusoe’, ‘The Water-Babies’, and ‘Tales from Shakespeare’.
Harry George Theaker (1873-1954) illustrated several titles in this series, including ‘Stories of King Arthur’ (1925), ‘Robin Hood and his Merry Men’ (1927), and ‘The Adventures of Don Quixote’ (1929). This copy not dated and likely a 1930s reprint.
Hardback – publisher’s beige cloth with onlay plate to front board, titles and decoration in black to front and spine. pp -340,  publisher’s list, including colour plates and illustrated endpapers. 8.5 x 6.25 inches approx. (213mm x 158mm).
Light wear and rubbing of cloth to extremities, a touch dusty; onlay plate rubbed and marked. Bump to top edge of rear board. Some cracking to endpapers at gutter but otherwise hinges holding firm; sporadic foxing throughout and heavy spotting to edges of page-block but otherwise pages generally clean.
Overall, showing some wear but otherwise a nicely preserved copy – attractive.
*ref. British Library; The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators by Alan Horne (Antique Collectors’ Club, 1994)