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MONTAIGNE, Michel de | HAZLITT, William Carew | RIVIÉRE & Son, binders |
Essays of Montaigne
1923. There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees"MONTAIGNE, Michel Eyquem de. Essays of Montaigne Translated by Charles Cotton. To which are added some account of the life of Montaigne, notes, a translation of all the letters known to be extant, and an enlarged index. With Portraits. Edited by William Carew Hazlitt. In five volumes. London: Privately printed for the Navarre Society Limited, 1923. Five octavo volumes (8 3/4 x 5 5/8 inches; 223 x 142 mm.). Title-pages printed in red and black. Engraved frontispieces printed in sepia. Bound by Riviére & Son in contemporary three quarter mottled calf over marbled boards ruled in gilt. Richly gilt decorated spines with five raised bands, central red morocco inlays and red and green morocco labels lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. A near fine set.Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (28 February 1533 - 13 September 1592) was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual exercises with casual anecdotes and autobiography—and his massive volume Essais (translated literally as "Attempts" or "Trials") contains, to this day, some of the most widely influential essays ever written. Montaigne had a direct influence on writers all over the world, including René Descartes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, William Hazlitt, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Stefan Zweig, Isaac Asimov, and possibly on the later works of William Shakespeare.
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