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Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes, 1965 Illustrated Hardback (English), Jacket
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Description

• Title: Don Quixote
• Author: Miguel de Cervantes (retold in English by Arthur Killingley)
• Illustrator: Gerhard Gossmann
• Publisher: Edmund Ward, London
• Date: 1965
• Edition: First of this edition
• Format: Hardback, clothbound
• Pages: 243
• ISBN: n/a
• EAN: n/a
• Dimensions: 21.6 x 30.1cm (8.5 x 11.8")
• Condition: Book excellent, jacket good

The greatest story ever told, in which author Miguel de Cervantes recounts the adventures of the Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha who, inspired by the chivalric novels of which he reads too many and his love (pure and chaste from afar) for the young lady on the neighbouring farm whom he renames Dulcinea del Toboso, decides that the modern world is not to his taste and becomes a medieval knight errant, embarking on a glorious quest which will take him, his faithful yet elderly and exhausted horse Rocinante, his equally faithful yet rather more robust neighbour and now squire Sancho Panza and Sancho's portly donkey on a grand exploration of Spain, meeting characters from the lowest to the highest echelons of society and getting into all sorts of adventures.

First published in full in 1615 (in English five years later), it has kept readers, critics and philosophers in thrall ever since - does Don Quixote really believe himself to be a medieval knight? Is he mad? If so, was he sent mad or did he choose to go mad because he thought it would be interesting? Is there any deep, hidden meaning to it all? The real beauty of this masterpiece is that there is meaning there, if you want it, and it can be whatever you want it to be...I have re-read it every five years for the last thirty years, and I find new meaning every time.

This wonderful 1965 retelling by Arthur Killingley simplifies the story for younger readers, which is undoubtedly a good thing because Cervantes, as was the fashion of his time, does tend to wander off all over the place on literary tangents (itself a good thing, for it reflects Don Quixote's mind and is one of the story's many charms). The text is accompanied by black and white pen and ink drawings by the noted German visial artist Gerhard Gossmann, done in the highly stylised scribbly style which has become associated with Don Quixote and which so well suits his own rather haggard appearance and that of Rocinante. Some of the most famous scenes, including of course the good knight taking up his lance to do battle with the "giants", extend across two pages.

The book retains its dust cover, which is showing a little wear and tear after 57 years - it is complete, but is tattered around the edges with a few small rips and a scuffed section across the title, though the colour illustrations remain vibrant. However, the jacket has served its purpose well, for the book protected by it is in excellent order: the front and rear clothbound hardcovers (featuring a close-up depiction of Don Quixote's face on the front) are unmarked and in a superb state with only the lightest scuffing to the corners. Within, the end papers are also unmarked, as are the flyleaves, title pages, portrait of the author and contents page. The spine is sound and solid and the binding is tight so that there are no loose or missing pages; there is some minor yellowing to the page margins throughout the textblock but no foxing or annotation at any point. Overall, it's a very fine copy indeed.

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Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Its ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. The aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count.

Around 4,000 patients are cared for each year at the Hospice in Cambridge, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and in patients’ own homes via the Arthur Rank Community Team. This care supports people to improve their quality of life and fulfil their end of their life choices.

Alongside the care provided by the Inpatient Unit, Living Well services and Hospice at Home teams, patients can access: patient and family support; lymphoedema care; complementary therapy; medical and pain outpatient clinics; and advice from the clinical nurse specialists within the Specialist Palliative Care Home Team. Programmes are practical, holistic and tailored to the individual patient, family member or carer and may also include rehabilitative support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychological support.

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