Paris: Chez Abel l'Angelier au premier pilier de la grand'Salle du Palais, 1602.
4th Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #002967
8vo (192 x 127 mm). , 1165,  pp. Signatures: a4, A-4C8, 4D-4E4, 4F-4I8, 4K6. Engraved title page, small woodcut initials, index and final blank at end. A portrait of Montaigne (not called for in this edition) and dated 1772 added as frontispiece. 18th century plain vellum with yapp edges, later ink lettering to spine (little soiling to vellum), red-dyed edges. Text somewhat browned throughout, occasional spotting and minor dust soiling, title-leaf slightly frayed and with old repair at top margin, leaf a2 partially split at gutter, open tear to leaf 3G2 costing about 4 letters of text on verso, several short ink annotations in contemporary hand (partially cropped). Provenance: Very good copy in untouched binding. ----
Sayce & Maskell 10; Botineau cat. expo. Montaigne BM. Fourth edition of Montaigne's Essays by l'Angelier in Paris and a reimpression of the editions of 1598 and 1600, here with a new engraved title and two new indexes. L'Angelier published the first complete edition comprising all three parts of the Essays together with Michel Sonnius in 1595. It was edited and enlarged by Montaigne's adopted daughter, Marie le Jars de Gournay. - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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