Translated by Tobias Smollett. Introduction and Notes by Martin C. Battestin. The Text Edited by O. M. Brack Jr. Illustrations by Frencis Hayman. The definitive text of the English translation that most closely captures the spirit of Cervantes's masterpiece.
This volume presents Tobias Smollett's translation of Cervantes's "Don Quixote" in the form most faithful to Smollett's own intentions. Smollett's work first appeared in 1755 and was for many years the most popular English-language version of Cervantes's text. However, soon after the turn of the nineteenth century rival translators and scholers initiated a variety of charges against Smollett - even plagiarism. Its reputation was again restored in 1986 when the Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes declared it to be "the authentic vernacular version" of "Don Quixote" in English. The introduction to this work discusses the composition, publication, and controversial reception of this work, while the commentary provides cross references to the other works and illustrates Smollett's originality or dependance on other versions. Also included is a complete textual aparatus, a glossary of unfamiliar terms, and an appendix comparing Francis Hayman's original illustrations with the engraved renderings used in the book.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations xxix
The History and Adventures of the Renowned Don
Dedication 3 (2)
The Life of Cervantes 5 (15)
Translator's Note 20 (1)
Preface to the Reader 21 (6)
I. Of the quality and amusements of the 27 (4)
renowned DON QUIXOTE DE LA MANCHA.
II. Of the sage DON QUIXOTE's first sally 31 (5)
from his own habitation.
III. The diverting expedient Don Quixote 36 (6)
falls upon, in order to be knighted.
IV. Of what befel our knight, when he 42 (4)
sallied from the inn.
V. In which the story of our knight's 46 (4)
misfortune is continued.
VI. Of the diverting and minute scrutiny 50 (5)
performed by the curate and the barber, in
the library of our sagacious hero.
VII. The second sally of our worthy knight 55 (3)
Don Quixote de la Mancha.
VIII. Of the happy success of the valiant 58 (7)
Don Quixote, and the dreadful and
inconceivable adventure of the wind-mills,
with other incidents worthy to be recorded
by the most able historian.
I. The conclusion and consequence of the 65 (3)
stupendous combat between the gallant
Biscayan, and the valiant knight of La
II. Of what further happened between Don 68 (4)
Quixote and the Biscayan.
III. Of what happened to Don Quixote, while 72 (6)
he remained with the goat-herds.
IV. What was related by a goatherd, who 78 (4)
chanced to come into the hut.
V. The conclusion of the story of the 82 (15)
shepherdess Marcella, and other incidents.
I. Wherein is recounted the unlucky 97 (5)
adventure which happened to Don Quixote, in
meeting with certain unmerciful Yanguesians.
II. The adventure that happened to this 102 (6)
sagacious knight at the inn,which he
mistook for a castle.
III. Containing the sequel of those 108 (6)
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
IV.In which is recounted the discourse that 114 (8)
passed between Sancho Panza and his master
Don Quixote; with other adventures worthy
V. An account of the sage discourse that 122 (6)
passed between Sancho and his master: the
succeeding adventure of the corpse, with
other remarkable events.
VI. Of the unseen and unheard-of adventure 128 (8)
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.
VII. Of the sublime adventure, and shining 136 (9)
acquisition of Mambrino's helmet; with
other accidents that happened to our
VIII. Don Quixote sets at liberty a number 145 (7)
of unfortunate people, who, much against
their wills, were going a journey that was
not at all to their liking.
IX. Of what betel the renowned Don Quixote 152 (8)
in the brown mountain; being one of the
most surprising adventures, which is
recounted in this true history.
X. The continuation of the adventure in the 160 (7)
XI. Of the strange adventures that happened 167 (11)
to the valiant knight of la Mancha, in the
Sierra Morena, where he did penance, in
imitation of Beltenebros.
XII. A continuation of the refinements in 178 (5)
love, practised by Don Quixote, in the
XIII. How the curate and barber set out on 183 (12)
the execution of their plan; with other
events worthy to be recorded in this
I. Of the new and agreeable adventure that 195 (10)
happened to the curate and barber, in the
II. Of the beautiful Dorothea's discretion; 205 (9)
with other pleasant and entertaining
III. The pleasant artifice practised to 214 (7)
extricate our enamoured knight from the
most rigorous penance he had imposed upon
IV. The savoury conversation that passed 221 (6)
between Don Quixote and his squire Sancho
Panza; with many other incidents.
V. Which treats of what happened to Don 227 (4)
Quixote and his company at the inn.
VI. The novel of the impertinent curiosity. 231 (13)
VII. The continuation of the novel called 244 (13)
the Impertinent curiosity.
VIII. The conclusion of the Impertinent 257 (6)
IX. An account of other strange adventures 263 (7)
that happened at the inn.
X. A continuation of the history of the 270 (7)
renowned princess Micomicona; with other
XI. The sequel of Don Quixote's curious 277 (3)
discourse, on the subjects of learning and
XII. In which the captive recounts his life 280 (5)
XIII. The continuation of the captive's 285 (8)
XIV. The continuation of the captive's 293 (13)
XV. Of what further happened at the inn, 306 (4)
with many other particulars worthy to be
XVI. The agreeable story of the young 310 (7)
muleteer, with many other strange incidents
that happened in the inn.
XII. A continuation of the surprising 317 (6)
events that happened in the inn.
XVIII. The decision of the doubts 323 (6)
concerning Mambrino's helmet and the
pannel; with a full and true account of
many other adventures.
XIX. In which is concluded the notable 329 (5)
adventure of the troopers; with an account
of the surprising ferocity of our worthy
knight Don Quixote.
XX. An account of the strange manner in 334 (7)
which Don Quixote was enchanted; with other
XXI. In which the canon prosecutes the 341 (5)
subject of knight-errantry, and makes other
observations worthy of his genius.
XXII. The sage conversation that passed 346 (5)
between Sancho Panza and his master Don
XXIII. of the sage contest between Don 351 (4)
Quixote and the canon, with other events.
XXIV. The story which the goatherd 355 (4)
recounted to the conductors of Don Quixote.
XXV. Of the quarrel that happened between 359 (10)
Don Quixote and the goatherd, with the
curious adventure of the disciplinants,
which the knight happily atchieved with the
sweat of his brow.
Preface 369 (4)
Approbations 373 (4)
I. Of the behaviour of the curate and 377 (7)
barber, with regard to Don Quixote's
II. The notable fray that happened between 384 (3)
Sancho and Don Quixote's niece and
housekeeper; with other diverting incidents.
III. The ludicrous conversation that passed 387 (5)
between Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, and the
batchelor Sampson Carrasco.
IV. In which Sancho Panza satisfies the 392 (4)
doubts, and answers the questions of
batchelor Sampson Carrasco; with other
incidents worthy to be recited and known.
V. Of the sage and pleasant dialogue 396 (4)
between Sancho Panza and his wife Teresa
Panza, with other incidents worthy to be
most happily recorded.
VI. Of what passed between Don Quixote, his 400 (4)
niece and housekeeper, being one of the
most important chapters of the whole
VII. Of what passed between Don Quixote and 404 (4)
his squire; with other surprising incidents.
VIII. An account of what happened to Don 408 (5)
Quixote, in his journey to visit his
mistress Dulcinea del Toboso.
IX. Which contains what you will see in the 413 (2)
perusal of it.
X. Gives an account of the stratagem which 415 (7)
Sancho practised, in order to enchant the
lady Dulcinea; with other circumstances
equally ludicrous and true.
XI. Of the strange adventure which betel 422 (4)
the valiant Don Quixote, with the cart or
waggon containing the parliament of death.
XII. Of the strange adventure that happened 426 (4)
to the valiant Don Quixote, in his
encounter with the knight of the mirrours.
XIII. In which is continued the adventure 430 (4)
of the knight of the wood; with the sage,
uncommon and agreeable dialogue that passed
between the two squires.
XIV. Wherein the adventure of the knight of 434 (8)
the wood is continued.
XV. Which gives an account and information 442 (2)
of the knight of the mirrours, and his
XVI. What happened to Don Quixote, with a 444 (6)
grave gentleman of La Mancha.
XVII. Which sets before the reader that 450 (7)
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.
I. Of what befel Don Quixote, at the castle 457 (6)
or house of the knight of the green
surtout; with other out-of-the-way matters.
II. In which is recounted the adventure of 463 (5)
the enamoured shepherd, with other truly
III. An account of the wedding of Camacho 468 (6)
the rich, and what happened to Basilicas
IV. Which continues to treat of Camacho's 474 (5)
wedding, and other incidents.
V. In which is recounted the vast adventure 479 (5)
of the cave of Montesinos, in the heart of
La Mancha, which was happily atchieved by
the valiant Don Quixote.
VI. Of the wonderful incidents recounted by 484 (7)
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.
VII. In which are recounted a thousand 491 (4)
fooleries, equally impertinent and
necessary to the true understanding of this
VIII. In which is set forth the braying 495 (6)
adventure, and the diverting atchievement
of the puppets, with the memorable
responses of the divining ape.
IX. In which is continued the diverting 501 (6)
adventure of the puppet-shew; with other
matters really entertaining enough.
X. In which the reader will discover who 507 (5)
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.
XI. Of things related by Benengeli, which 512 (4)
he who reads them attentively, will know.
XII. Of the famous adventure of the 516 (4)
XIII. Of what passed between Don Quixote 520 (4)
and a fair huntress.
XIV. Which treats of manifold important 524 (6)
XV. Containing Don Quixote's reply to his 530 (11)
reprover; with other serious and diverting
I. Of the pleasant conversation that passed 541 (5)
between the dutchess, her women, and Sancho
Panza; worthy to be read and remembered.
II. Which gives an account of the 546 (5)
information received, touching the means
for disenchanting the peerless Dulcinea del
Toboso; one of the most renowned adventures
of this book.
III. Being a continuation of what was 551 (5)
imparted to Don Quixote, touching the means
for disinchanting Dulcinea; with an account
of other surprizing incidents.
IV. Which gives an account of the perilous 556 (4)
and inconceivable adventure of the
afflicted Duenna, alias the countess
Trifaldi; together with a letter which
Sancho Panza wrote to his wife Teresa Panza.
V. In which is continued the famous 560 (1)
adventure of the afflicted duenna.
VI. In which is recounted the misfortune of 561 (4)
the afflicted duenna.
VII. In which the lady Trifaldi proceeds 565 (2)
with her memorable and stupendous story.
VIII. Of circumstances appertaining and 567 (4)
relating to this adventure and memorable
IX. Of Clavileno's arrival, and the 571 (7)
conclusion of this protracted adventure.
X. Containing Don Quixote's instructions to 578 (3)
Sancho Panza, before he set out for his
government, with other well weighed
XI. Of the second series of instructions 581 (4)
which Don Quixote gave to Sancho Panza.
XII. Giving an account of the manner in 585 (7)
which Sancho was conducted to the
government, and of a strange adventure that
happened to Don Quixote in the castle.
XIII. Giving an account of the manner in 592 (5)
which Sancho Panza took possession of his
island, and began his administration.
XIV. Of the dreadful consternation, and 597 (4)
cattish concert, to which Don Quixote was
exposed, in the course of the enamoured
XV. Containing a further account of 601 (5)
Sancho's behaviour in his government.
XVI. Of Don Quixote's adventure with Donna 606 (7)
Rodriguez, the dutchess's duenna; and other
incidents worthy of eternal fame.
XVII. Of what happened to Sancho Panza, in 613 (8)
going the round of his island.
XVIII. Which declares who were the 621 (7)
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.
XIX. Of the progress of Sancho Panza's 628 (5)
government, and other such diverting
XX. In which is recorded the adventure of 633 (6)
the second afflicted, or sorrowful matron;
otherwise called Donna Rodriguez.
I. Of the toilful end and conclusion of 639 (4)
Sancho Panza's government.
II. Which treats of matters belonging to 643 (5)
this history, and no other whatsoever.
III. Of certain accidents that betel Sancho 648 (5)
upon the road; and other circumstances,
which to know you need only look forward.
IV. Of the dreadful and unseen battle, 653 (3)
fought between Don Quixote de la Mancha and
the lacquey Tosilos, in behalf of the
daughter of Rodriguez the duenna.
V. Giving an account of the manner in which 656 (4)
Don Quixote took leave of the duke; and of
what passed between him and the gay and
witty Altisidora, one of the dutchess's
VI. Skewing how adventures thronged upon 660 (7)
Don Quixote so thick as to intangle one
VII. In which is recounted the 667 (6)
extraordinary incident that happened to Don
Quixote, and may well pass for an adventure.
VIII. Of what befel Don Quixote in his way 673 (9)
IX. Of what happened to Don Quixote on his 682 (2)
entrance into Barcelona, with other
circumstances that partake more of truth
than of discretion.
X. Containing the adventure of the 684 (9)
inchanted head, with other trivial
incidents which, however, must not be
XI. Of the misfortune which befel Sancho 693 (7)
Panza on board of the gallies, and the rare
adventure of the beautiful Moor.
XII. Giving the detail of an adventure 700 (3)
which gave Don Quixote more mortification
than he had received from all the
misfortunes which had hitherto befallen him.
XIII. Which discovers who the knight of the 703 (4)
white moon was, and gives an account of the
deliverance of Don Gregorio, with other
XIV. Treating of that which will be seen by 707 (3)
him who reads, and known by him who hears
XV. Of the resolution which Don Quixote 710 (3)
took to become a shepherd and lead a
pastoral life, until the term of his
confinement should be elapsed, with other
incidents truly entertaining.
XVI. Of the bristly adventure in which Don 713 (4)
Quixote was involved.
XVII. Of the most singular and strangest 717 (4)
adventure that happened to Don Quixote in
the whole course of this sublime history.
XVIII. Which follows the preceding, and 721 (4)
treats of matters that must be disclosed,
in order to make the history the more
intelligible and distinct.
XIX. Of what happened to Don Quixote and 725 (5)
his squire, in their journey to their own
XX. Giving an account of Don Quixote's 730 (4)
arrival at his own habitation.
XXI. Of the omens that occurred to Don 734 (4)
Quixote when he entered the village; with
other incidents which adorn and
authenticate this sublime history.
XXII. Giving an account of Don Quixote's 738 (5)
last illness and death.
Notes to the Text 743 (50)
Glossary 793 (4)
Appendix Hayman's Designs 797 (6)
Textual Commentary 803 (8)
Corrected and Uncorrected Sheets 811 (18)
List of Emendations 829 (36)
Word-Division 865 (6)
Historical Collation 871 (52)
Bibliographical Descriptions 923 (8)
Index 931 (10)
Appendix to the Index: Smollett and His Sources 941