Rare 1636 edition, published with the address of Michel D'Auplet, in one octavo volume in octavo (17x11). According to the list of French editions of Montaigne's Essays, it is the 20th: " Fairly consistent with the 1595 text.
The epigraph "Vires acquirit eundo" is included, the foreword by Mlle de Gournay is no longer present.
Dr Armaingaud points out that this edition was no doubt used by Pascal to read the Essays." ( IV Centenaire de la naissance de Montaigne 1933)
Bound in period brown full leather binding, ribbed spine adorned with gilded embossing.
The binding is still decorative despite the significant restorations on the crowns and covers. A sound and clean volume. The title page is aged, with some missing fragments in the lower part of the leaf with the loss of a few letters, notably on the publisher’s address and the date. Marginal water stains on the first 30 leaves with faded paper in the lower part, a missing fragment on the leaf of the "Au lecteur" but not affecting the text. The water stain on the top margin, very discreet, disappears around page 250 and reappears at the end on (approximately) the last 50 leaves, the last two leaves are faded. Holes (bookworm damage) in the margin from page 673 onward, heavier between pages 1019 and 1105 and 10 leaves of the table or flowing into the text with the loss of some letters. Rare faded leaves. The rest is in very fresh condition, pleasant to read.
Michel de Montaigne
Les Essais de Michel, seigneur de Montaigne, dernière édition enrichie d'anotations en marge, corrigée suivant les premières impressions ... plus la vie de l'autheur extraicte de ses propres escrits.
Paris, M. d'Auplet, 1636. Octavo (17 x 11 cm), complete in one volume, 8 ff. (introductory pieces) - 1129 pp. + 16 ff. (table).
"There is no need to retrace the publishing history of the Essays in its 1580, 1582, 1588 and 1595 printings, as well as the Geneva pirate editions of 1593 and 1595 here. There are nine editions, from the first Millanges edition of 1580 (Bordeaux) to the Abel L'Angelier edition (Paris) of 1600. There are twenty-eight editions of the Essays dating from the 17th century (1). Brunetière was therefore wrong to assert that "from 1595 to 1635, in effect, there were at most three or four editions of the Essays" (2). In fact there were nineteen of them." ( Ph. Desan)
- Anzahl der Bücher
- Einbände, Gesetz, Religion
- Autor/ Illustrator
- Michel de Montaigne
- Les Essais de Michel, seigneur de Montaigne, dernière édition enrichie d'anotations en marge...
- Sehr gut
- Erscheinungsjahr (ältestes Objekt)
- Anzahl der Seiten
- 17×11 cm