Montaigne, Michael. ESSAYS OF MICHAEL SEIGNEUR DE MONTAIGNE. IN THREE BOOKS. WITH MARGINAL NOTES AND QUOTATIONS OF THE CITED AUTHORS. AND AN ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR’S LIFE. Newly rendered into English By Charles Cotton, Esq; Three volumes. London: Printed for T. Basset at the George in Fleet-street, and M. Gilliflower and W. Hensman in Westminster-Hall, 1685, 1686, 1685. With a frontispiece portrait of Montaigne in each volume. Cotton’s was the second English translation of Montaigne preceded only by Florio’s early and important translation of 1603. It was reissued by Basset with additional material in 1693, and has had many subsequent editions, with later editorship, to the present. With the Ex-Libris signature of Thomas Fanshawe at the top of the front blank in the first and second volumes, very possibly Sir Thomas Fanshawe, II (1628–1705) of Jenkins, Barking, Essex, who was elected to Parliament in 1685 and served until 1688. Very good in contemporary calf, which is quite rubbed, with what appear to be the original spines but lacking lettering pieces. The text blocks are firm, fresh, and free of foxing with only a few later marginal notations in pencil. F1 in the first volume has a 2-inch cantle at the edge, affecting the last few letters in a line of marginal text. This first Cotton edition is quite scarce. $2,450.00. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: ESSAYS OF MICHAEL SEIGNEUR DE MONTAIGNE. IN ...
Publisher: London: Printed for T. Basset at the George in Fleet-street, and M. Gilliflower and W. Hensman in Westminster-Hall, 1685, 1686, 1685.
Publication Date: 1685
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description T. Basset, M. Gilliflower, W. Hensman, 1693, 1693. Vol. 3 ONLY, hardcover, leather over boards, fair condition (covers are present but separated from the binding, leather spine is missing 1.5" piece from top edge and is separated from the binding, owner's name. Bookseller Inventory # 18833
Book Description London: Printed for T. Basset and M. Gilliflower and W. Hensman, 1685-6., 1685. Montaigne [1533-92] devised the essay form in which to express his personal convictions and private meditations, a form in which he can hardly be said to have been anticipatedÉHe finds a place in the present canon, however, chiefly for his consummate representation of the enlightened skepticism of the sixteenth century, to which Bacon, Descartes and Newton were to provide in the next" (Printing and the Mind of Man, 95, describing the first edition of 1580). Three volumes, octavo. , 638; , 726' , 574 pp. Each volume with a copper-engraved frontportrait of Montaigne. Contemporary calf, rebacked in modern calf, gilt-lettered spine. Corners and some board edges worn. Some browning at fore-margin of Volume I, a little light foxing. First twenty-five leaves of Volume III a bit soiled. A good, sound copy. First edition of the Charles Cotton translation. The Cotton translation immediately replaced the Florio translation as the definitive English Montaigne. It remains in print today. Charles Cotton (1630-1687) is well known today as the friend of Izaak Walton, who made contributions to The Compleat Angler, though he produced a body of poems and translations, and The Compleat Gamester, the predecessor of Edmond Hoyle's work, has been attributed to him. The present work is his best known translation, and it is considered a masterpiece. Bookseller Inventory # 16003