Image 1863Paris-Hachette-01-001 
Illustration No. 1     
Illustrator Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré 
Engraver Héliodore Joseph Pisan 
Title Supplied  
Part Part I, Madrid 1605  
Chapter Chapter 1 
Subject 1.1 DQ at his library reading chivalric novels
Illustration Type Chapter illustration
Technique Wood engraving or Xylography
Color Black and white 
Page Number f. title page 
Image Dimension 244 X 195 
Page Dimension 433 x 313 
Commentary One of the best known images of don Quixote becoming mad; while reading, the library begings to fill with small figures of errant knights fighting, maidens being captured, dragons, knights riding mice, castles, flying coats of arms... the curtain transforms into a giant's head.
Drawing, composition and engraving are masterly. 
Notes Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré (Strasbourg, 1832 – Paris, 1883): Designer, engraver, painter and sculptor. Doré designed his first lithographs at thirteen and published his first work, Le Travaux d’Hercules, at fourteen. He became a book illustrator in Paris, and his commissions included works by Rabelais, Balzac, and Dante. In 1853 he was asked to illustrate the works of Lord Byron. This commission was followed by other work for British publishers, including a new illustrated English Bible. He also illustrated an oversized edition of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven. Doré's English Bible (1865) was a great success, and in 1867 he had a major exhibition of his work in London. This led to the foundation of the Doré Gallery in New Bond Street. In 1869, Blanchard Jerrold, the son of Douglas William Jerrold, suggested that they work together to produce a comprehensive portrait of London. The book, London: A Pilgrimage, with 180 engravings, was published in 1872. It was a financial success and Doré received commissions from other British publishers. His later work included Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Milton's Paradise Lost, Tennyson's The Idylls of the King, The Works of Thomas Hood, and The Divine Comedy. His work also appeared in the Illustrated London News. Doré continued to illustrate books until his death; around 50 books were illustrated by him. The illustrations for Don Quixote were prepared during a journey through Spain accompanied by Baron Charles Davillier in 1861 – 1862. Doré has been considered the most remarkable Romanticism illustrator (Benezit III, 640 – 642).

Héliodore Joseph Pisan (Marseille, 1822 – Bailly, 1890): Genre, landscape and dead nature painter and engraver. In 1849, he exhibited by the first time in Paris. Pisan worked principally as an engraver for illustrated book. He was awarded as “Chevalier de la Légion d´honneur” (Benezit VIII, 358).