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Essays of Michael Lord of Montaigne [Bruce Rogers]
Houghton Mifflin & Company [Riverside Press, 1902-1904], Boston - A fine condition set, unopened, with original dust jackets and publisher's boxes. No. 129 of 265 copies, designed by Bruce Rogers and printed at the Riverside Press. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592) one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, was known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre; an influence on many famous authors, even in the 20th century he was viewed as "the first modern man, [with] the clearest conception of the problem of man's self-orientation" (N.B., from Wiki). ***DESCRIPTION: Bound in green marbled paper boards, natural canvas back, ivory paper spine labels with black lettering, ruled border and publisher's device, fore- and bottom edges uncut; each volume bears the prior owner bookplate of Joseph Halle Schaffner with a rooster emblem (Mr. Schaffner (1897-1972), director of the clothing-manufacturing firm Hart, Schaffner, and Marx, was a passionate book collector mostly in the history of science; he bequeathed to the University of Chicago a collection of several hundred scientific and medical rare books and manuscripts); richly decorated woodcut frontispieces and title pages in each volume (Volume I frontispiece of Montaigne, Volume II of John Florio, and Volume III of Marie de Gournay (who edited the third edition of the Essays in 1595 after Montaigne's death)); ornate woodcut initial capitals at the beginning of each book, extensive Notes section at the back of each volume, spare paper spine label tipped onto the rear free endpaper of each volume, Volume III contains a Bibliography with includes facsimiles of manuscripts and title pages; Montaigne type, folio size (approximately 14.25" tall), pagination: Volume I., (i-viii), (1)-415, blank (416), limitation statement (417), Bruce Rogers device (418); Volume II., (i-vi), (1)-582, limitation statement (583), Bruce Rogers device (584); Volume III., (i-vi), (1)-492, limitation statement (493), Bruce Rogers device (494); limited edition of 265 copies, this set no. 129. The plain dust jackets are of light green Old Hampshire Bond. The publisher's drop-back boxes are covered in light green fine linen cloth with spine labels which match the books, number "129" hand-written on each label; the interiors are lined with the same paper as the dust jackets, the hinge of the box being of the same canvas as the shelf-back. ***CONDITION: All three volumes are in fine condition overall, with clean bindings, strong, square text blocks, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners without rubbing, the interiors are clean and bright (with most, if not all, of the signatures being unopened), and other than the bookplates referred to above the set is entirely free of prior owner markings; the only condition issue we see are several tiny pinholes to the top edge of the front board of Volume I, and also on the bottom edges of the boards of Volume III (visible neither from the front nor on the front pastedowns); these flaws are minor, the volumes were clearly never read (being unopened) and one has to look directly at the edges of the boards to even notice them. We also wish to note that apparently two different cloths were used for binding, as two of the spines are celadon and one is light beige. The dust jackets are near fine overall; mostly clean and crisp, the jacket for Volume I showing some light overall soiling, for Volumes II and III a stray mark or very tiny spot of wear here or there; all the jackets show some light edgewear. The publisher's boxes each have some wear to the cloth covering, but they are all strong and sturdy. ***CITATION: Warde no. 33. ***POSTAGE: Note that due to the weight of this set additional postage may apply; we are happy to ship at cost, please contact us for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Swan's Fine Books, IOBA]
Last Found On: 2016-10-07           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


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