Image 1863Paris-Hachette-01-002 
Illustration No. 1     
Illustrator Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré 
Engraver Héliodore Joseph Pisan 
Title Caption  
Title Supplied Don Quixote at his library 
Part Part I, Madrid 1605  
Chapter Chapter 1 
Subject 1.1 DQ at his library reading chivalric novels
Illustration Type Head vignette
Technique Wood engraving or Xylography
Color Black and white 
Page Number
Image Dimension 127 x 189 
Page Dimension 433 x 313 
Commentary While don Alonso Quijano sleeps at his library, the characters of his chivalry novels (knights, maidens, dragons and other beasts...) fill the room, fighting among them, begging to Alonso Quijano...
Excellent drawing and engraving. 
Notes "The artist has travelled beyond his author, and has fallen into errors which Cervantes would have deprecated. He becomes fantastic, grotesque, at times almost supernatural, depicting those extravagances which it was the writer's object to combat and destroy. The tranquil, thoughtful humour and gentle satire of Cervantes are lost in the artist's desire to produce striking effect, difficult attitudes, telling situations. The illustrations are in fact Doré, not Cervantes" (A247).