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