A special edition of one of the pioneers of the contemporary novel, and one of the most important works of Spanish literature, Don Quixote by Cervantes, featuring the engravings of Gustave Doré, the world-famous illustration artist, can be found in the Rare Works Collection in the library of Arkın University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD).
After the publication of the first edition of the Spanish poet, novelist and playwright Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s work in 1605, a private edition was published by Cassell & Company Limited publishing house in the 1860s with 120 full-page wood engravings by illustration artist, Dore.
In the statement made by the ARUCAD Library, it was shared that the work is the only edition known in the region. “In line with the information we have obtained during the meetings with Dr. Eduardo Urbina, The British Library, the UK National Archives and Texas A&M University’s Department of Hispanic Studies lecturer, we have been informed that this work is a very rare and special edition. When we look at the library catalogues of Turkey and Northern Cyprus, the edition we have is only found in ARUCAD’s library.
Students and visitors, accompanied by librarians, can examine the rare work held in a glass display case.