([London]: Nonesuch Press, 1931). 215 x 132 mm. (8 1/2 x 5 1/4"). John Florio's Translation. Edited by J. I. M. Stewart. Two volumes. One of 1,375 copies.
Original light tan morocco, spine dyed to a darker brown, upper covers with inlaid green morocco oval with gilt lettering and frame, raised bands, gray morocco label with gilt lettering, top edge gilt on the rough, others untrimmed. Dreyfus 74. A handful of small nicks to covers and spines, upper cover of second volume with a little light scattered staining, otherwise a very nice copy and pristine internally.
This is the handsome and very readable Nonesuch edition of the influential "Essays" of Michel de Montaigne (1533-92), which were universally read and praised as one of the great books of the age and continue to be regarded as one of the major explorations, from any period, of human nature through self-examination. The Nonesuch Press was founded in 1923 by Vera Mendel, David Garnett, and Francis Meynell, with the mission of producing collectible books for people who also wanted to read them. Meynell was in charge of book production, and it was he who tapped recent Oxford graduate John Innes Mackintosh Stewart to edit the Nonesuch Montaigne. Stewart (1906-94), who is better known to most readers by the "Michael Innes" pseudonym he used for his popular detective novels, was the one to suggest using the landmark 17th century Florio translation. Born in England of an Italian family, John Florio (1553?-1625) taught romance languages to students who included Queen Anne, wife of James I. In addition to his celebrated translation of Montaigne, Florio is well known for his Italian-English dictionary, published in 1598. Florio's Montaigne was first published in 1603; our edition uses the text of the more accurate third printing of 1632. (ST15053b)
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