London: The Folio Society, 2006. Hardcover. Three volumes (compete), octavo size, 1278 total pp. Fine. Item #CNJL697
French essayist Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Lord of Montaigne (1533-1592) popularised the essay as a form of literature during the French Renaissance; his work uses autobiography and anecdote to expound his philosophical ideas on a variety of subjects.
This publication by the Folio Society is Montaigne's monumental collection work of over one hundred essays, elegantly printed in three volumes, with an introduction by English novelist Graham Swift (b. 1949), winner of the Booker Prize in 1996 for his novel "Last Orders".
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter blue cloth with marbled paper boards, gilt decorations, rules, and lettering on the spine, tan endpapers, frontispiece in Book One a black-and-white engraving, title page with ruled borders and ornaments; Founder's Caslon type, Abbey wove paper, octavo size (9.5" by 6.5"), pagination: Book One: [i-v] vi-xiv [1-4] 5-356; Book Two: [i-v] vi [1-2] 3-519; Book Three: [i-vi] [1-2] 3-377. In a slipcase covered in blue paper, with gilt rules, ornaments, and lettering on one side.
___CONDITION: Volums are fine, with clean boards, straight corners, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the barest hint of rubbing to some corners, else fine. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean, without wear, with off-setting to the interior paper.
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