ESSAYS OF MICHAEL LORD OF MONTAIGNE Done Into English by John Florio With an Introduction by Thomas... ESSAYS OF MICHAEL LORD OF MONTAIGNE Done Into English by John Florio With an Introduction by Thomas...

ESSAYS OF MICHAEL LORD OF MONTAIGNE Done Into English by John Florio With an Introduction by Thomas Seccombe

Montaigne Michael de

Published by London Grant Richards 1908, 1908
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3 volumes. LIMITED EDITION, THE BEST ISSUE AND BEST BINDING, LIMITED TO A SMALL NUMBER WITHIN A TOTAL PRINTING OF ONLY 1150 copies printed, the type then distributed. With a frontispiece in each volume, a portrait from the engraving of Thomas de Leu in volume one, portrait from the engraving of Augustin de Saint-Aubin in volume two and a reproduction of the 1652 edition titlepage in volume three, each volume with titlepage printed in red and black featuring large publisher's device, and with large engraved-style initials throughout the text. Tall 8vos, original half brown morocco over tan cloth, the spines ruled and lettered in gilt and with a gilt stippled tool beneath each lettering compartment, endpapers marbled, t.e.g. lx, 453; vi, 657; v, 499 pp. A very nice set of this handsome limited printing. The spines are very fresh and bright with no fading or rubbing, the cloth of the boards a bit spotted at the edges, the text looks essentially unread, it is fresh and solid with only a hint of age at the edges. RARE IN THE MOROCCO BINDING. A FINE LIMITED PRINTING, BASED UPON THE FIRST TRANSLATION OF THE ESSAYS INTO ENGLISH, 1613. Although not a strictly accurate rendering, Florio's translation is the best-known because of its beautiful language, noted for containing "flowers of speech, which grow not in the garden of the original." Montaigne was one of the great European intellectuals of the 16th century and is often credited with being the father of the modern essay. His works were of great influence to Descartes, Pascal, Bacon and Swift. Montaigne wrote these essays during a most calamitous period in European history, and to which he frequently calls attention. The religious and civil confusion resulting from the break up of Christian unity in Europe, the frequently violent disturbances which followed Luther's challenge to Papal authority at the start of the sixteenth century, the constant religious and political fighting throughout Europe as different peoples and groups tried to establish or re-establish their authority was exacerbated still more by the shattering of the devout religious confidence which had been observed so perfectly in Hildegard and Dante. This awesome conflict on the continent was not resolved until 1648. Montaigne’s Essays evoke to the highest level, the struggle of the intellectual in this cathartic period. And one essay in particular is especially important in the history of English theatre for "the Canniballs" is credited with being a primary influence for William Shakespeare’s TEMPEST. Bookseller Inventory # 25456

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Publisher: London Grant Richards 1908

Publication Date: 1908

Binding: Hardcover

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