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Image 1853-NewYork-Appleton-01-001-f 
Illustration No. 1     
Illustrator John Gilbert (copied after) 
Engraver John William Orr 
Title Caption  
Title Supplied Frontispiece with don Quixote and Sancho, Cervantes' portrait and the scrutiny of don Quixote's library 
Part Part I, Madrid 1605  
Chapter 02. Frontispiece 
Subject 02.1 Portrait of Cervantes
02.2 Quixote illustration
Illustration Type Frontispiece
Technique Wood engraving or Xylography
Color Black and white 
Page Number f.p. 1 
Image Dimension 188 x 93 
Page Dimension 229 x 145 
Commentary In the center, don Quixote and Sancho according to their canonical image; they appear over a pedestal, where the scene of the scrutiny of don Quixote's library is represented, and surrounded by a frame elaborated with different elements (Dulcinea, almost as a divine vision, damsels, castles, knights, enchanters, dragons, armies...).
In the lower part, Cervantes' portrait, arms, the basin and a sand clock.
The frontispiece is in keeping with Romanticism liking for joining reality with don Quixote's fantasies. 
Notes 1 - Excellent copy after Gilbert's illustration (London: Charles Daly, 1842 and London: Bohn, 1842).