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Montaigne, Michel Eyquem de
ESSAYES WRITTEN IN FRENCH BY MICHAEL LORD OF MONTAIGNE ... DONE INTO ENGLISH, ACCORDING TO THE LAST FRENCH EDITION, BY JOHN FLORIO. LONDON: MELCH. BRADWOOD FOR EDWARD BLOUNT AND WILLIAM BARRET, 1613
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Montaigne, Michel Eyquem de
ESSAYES WRITTEN IN FRENCH BY MICHAEL LORD OF MONTAIGNE ... DONE INTO ENGLISH, ACCORDING TO THE LAST FRENCH EDITION, BY JOHN FLORIO. LONDON: MELCH. BRADWOOD FOR EDWARD BLOUNT AND WILLIAM BARRET, 1613
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LOT SOLD. 40,000 USD
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Montaigne, Michel Eyquem de
ESSAYES WRITTEN IN FRENCH BY MICHAEL LORD OF MONTAIGNE ... DONE INTO ENGLISH, ACCORDING TO THE LAST FRENCH EDITION, BY JOHN FLORIO. LONDON: MELCH. BRADWOOD FOR EDWARD BLOUNT AND WILLIAM BARRET, 1613
Three parts in one, small folio (11 1/8 x 7 1/8 in.; 280 x 180 mm). Woodcut headpieces on titles, second (R1r) and third books (2R5r) with separate dated title pages, engraved portrait of the translator, John Florio, by William Hole (A6v), woodcut head-, tailpieces, and decorative initials, with final blank leaf, contemporary annotations throughout in brown ink; some side-notes shaved, some staining throughout, some pages misnumbered (T5v, 2D1v, 2D6r, 2H1rv, 2H6rv), but all present.  Late seventeenth century calf, covers with gilt tooled central ornamental cartouche with initials "IW" (James Waite) in blind; rebacked, first title somewhat soiled.
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Provenance

Lord William Howard (signature to title) — James Waite, 1605; H.T. Wake (Notes and Queries) — Percy Scawen Wyndham (bookplate to front pastedown) — Lucius Wilmerding Sr. (bookplate to front free endpaper) — Parke-Bernet, 27-29 November 1950, lot 530 

Literature

STC 18042; ESTC S111840; see Pforzheimer 378 (citing first edition)

Catalogue Note

SECOND EDITION IN ENGLISH. COPY ONCE OWNED BY LORD WILLIAM HOWARD (1563-1640),  sometimes known as "Belted or Bauld (bold) Will," with his signature on the title-page and numerous marginal annotations throughout in his hand. Howard's annotations include references to Sir Francis Bacon, Sir Walter Raleigh, Queen Elizabeth, Sir Thomas More, Queen Mary, Erasmus, and many other persons of the epoch. Above Howard's name on the title-page (which has been partly cancelled with faded ink of a later date) is the motto "Merces amoris amor"; the title-page also bears three other inscriptions in other hands. Additionally, the volume features a full page manuscript poem by Richard Corbett.  

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