5 April 2016
MONTAIGNE, Michel Eyquem de (1533-1592). Journal du voyage…en Italie…en 1580 & 1581. Rome and Paris: Le Jay, 1774.
4° (282 x 213 mm). Half-title. Engraved portrait frontispiece after St. Aubin. (A few leaves with a few spots.) Contemporary calf, spine in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands, brown and green lettering-pieces in 2, the rest gilt-decorated, red edges. Provenance: armorial bookplate with motto “Ab Aeterno.”
FIRST EDITION of Montaigne’s 16th-century journey; his manuscript was found nearly 200 years after his death by Abbott Prunis, and was published by Antoine Gabriel Meunier de Quelon. Brunet III: 1841.
MONTAIGNE. Les Essais…Par Pierre Coste. Nouvelle édition plus ample & plus correcte que la dernière de Londres. Paris: Par la Societé, 1725. 3 volumes, 4° (282 x 212 mm). Titles printed in red and black. Engraved portrait frontispiece vol.I. Bound uniformly with the Journal, with slightly different tooling on the spine. Second, most complete, edition by Pierre Coste. Brunet III: 1839.
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