8vo Full Mor. Raised Bands.t.e.g; 1st Edn.thus Uncut. 2 Vols. xxxviii,724; vi,708 pp. Backstrips dustmarked; browning o/w V.g. [No. 683 of an Edition limited to 900 Copies for sale in UK and 475 in USA]. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Montaigne's Essays. John Florio's ...
Publisher: London: Nonesuch Press, 1931
Book Description Nonesuch Press, 1931., London:, 1931. 2 volumes. 8vo. xxxviii, 724; vi, 707,  pp. Index. Tan gilt- and blind-stamped morocco, raised bands, green gilt-stamped leather spine label, top edge gilt, green slip-case; slip-case neatly repaired with kozo. Else near fine. Limited edition of 900 numbered copies (another 475 were printed by Random House in the U.S.). Printed in Scotland by R. & R. Clark on Pannekoek Paper and bound by Leighton-Straker, all under the care of Francis Meynell. The decision to use the 1603 Florio translation for this edition was made by the editor, J. I. M. (John Innes Mackintosh) Stewart (1906-1994), later a renowned author and academic, then a humble scholar at Oriel College, Oxford. "My memory is of being an awkward youth, not knowing a soul in the room, and of Francis Meynell [founder of Nonesuch] coming and conversing with me kindlyâ€¦He told me that he wanted to do a Montaigne and asked me what I thought would be the best translation to use. I said 'Florio's' at once. It may have been for no better reasons than that I was the pupil of an eminent Elizabethan scholar and that I knew that here was one of the few books one can open at a page which one knows Shakespeare once had open before him as he worked. But it was, I think, the right reply to give about a prospective Nonesuch book, Florio's translation being a landmark in a way that Cotton's much less inaccurate one is not." â€" A History of the Nonesuch Press, p. 220. Dreyfus, Nonesuch Press, 74. Seller Inventory # B2748