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Documents and art by and about Cervantes and Don Quixote

  • Copy of Don Quixote in the Cervantes House Museum, Alcalá de Henares © Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes

    Copy of Don Quixote in the Cervantes House Museum, Alcalá de Henares © Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes

  
  


"Would you like to learn more about the life of Miguel de Cervantes? Here are a few historical documents which shine a light on certain aspects of his life. ..."

Would you like to learn more about the life of Miguel de Cervantes? Here are a few historical documents which shine a light on certain aspects of his life. There are also special editions of his novel 'Don Quijote de la Mancha' and other artistic creations relating to his work.

El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha

The Cervantes collection in the Spanish National Library includes extremely valuable editions, curiosities and translations. This book is a first edition of Don Quixote, published in 1605. See more information.

Segunda Parte del Ingenioso Caballero Don Quixote de la Mancha

Of course, the Spanish National Library also has a 1615 edition of the second part of Don Quixote, which curiously enough, was much less successful than the first part and other works by Cervantes. See more information.

El retablo de Maese Pedro

This portable puppet theatre, from the National Theatre Museum in Almagro, was designed by the painter Ignacio Zuloaga for Manuel de Falla’s musical adaptation and staging of 'El retablo de Maese Pedro' (Master Pedro’s Puppet Theatre), an episode in Don Quixote. The work was performed in 1928 at the Paris Opera. See more information.

Book of the Calced Trinitarians which records the release of Cervantes, captive in Algiers.

This book, in the National Historical Archive, records the activities of the Trinitarian order, which was founded to ransom and rescue Christian prisoners held by non-Christians in north Africa. One of these prisoners was Miguel de Cervantes. See more information.

The Spanish Academy’s edition of 'El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha'

The Spanish Nobel laureate Camilo José Cela was a passionate admirer of Don Quixote. Over time, he collected fifty different editions of the book. This edition was published by the Royal Spanish Academy in 1780, with illustrations by the best engravers of the era.. See more information.

Inventory of the assets confiscated from Rodrigo de Cervantes, the father of Miguel de Cervantes

Dated 1552, this document is preserved in the Archive of the Royal Chancellery of Valladolid. It provides information on the writer’s family, childhood, and life in Valladolid.. See more information.

Find out more about the world of Cervantes and the interesting places connected to his life and work on the special Cervantes page of Spain is Culture.

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