Hillsborough, California: The L-D Allen Press, 1948. Dean, Mallette. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 200 copies, quarto size, 183 pp., with prospectus. Near fine. Item #PTBR010
The seventh limited edition from The Allen Press, being the most ambitious production up to this point and a turning point for the press. This work required Lewis and Dorothy to move from being a part-time to a full-time press; the decision was validated when the American Institute of Graphic Arts selected "Essays of Montaigne" as of the 'Fifty Books of the Year'. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Lord of Montaigne (1533-1592), was among the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, and is known especially for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. Our favourite essay in this volume is "On Books", wherein he philosophizes "I ask pleasure from books only as an honorable past-time; or, if I study, I only look for the kind of knowledge which deals with an understanding of myself and which teaches me to die well and live well".
___DESCRIPTION: Red French brocade binding, gilt lettering to the spine, top edge gilt, fore-edge uncut, title in violet, red and green, initials hand-illuminated by Lews & Dorothy Allen and decorative headpieces drawn by Mallette Dean in corresponding violet, red and green (alternating); Garamont type, all-rag Oxbow paper, quarto size (10" by 6.75"), pagination: [i-ii] [1-7] 8-181, limited edition, one of 200 copies. With the prospectus, one sheet folded to four pages, first page that of the title page with "Announcing a New Book" printed above, second page with a large red chapter headpiece and seven-line historiated initial capital letter, pages two through four information about the book including the publication price of $15.00.
___CONDITION: A near fine copy, the cloth binding clean and without wear, the corners straight with a minute amount of rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the red cloth lightly sunned, the usual offsetting to the endpapers and some dustiness to the fore-edge. Prospectus also near fine, clean and without wear, the first page toned (offsetting from the front pagedown). Even with its few faults, still a lovely example.
___CITATION: The Allen Press Bibliography, no. 7.
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