Essays of Montaigne, 5 volume), Limited to 150 Sets, This is Number 91
London: Privately Printed for the Navarre Society, 1923. Limited Edition. Quarto. Item #029053
Large paper deluxe edition limited to only 150 sets signed by the publisher and printer. One of the finest sets of the complete writings of Montaigne every produced. The type-setting was done by hand at Edinburgh's Riverside Press using Arnold's hand-made paper, specially made and watermarked by the Navarre Society. What sets Montaigne aside from the early classics of the Early Modern period was that his search for truth led him to constantly challenge his own mind. While he had read both the Greek and Roman classics as well as those of the Renaissance, his vistas were the wide world looking beyond the limits of society, religion, and art to ideas that seem remarkably modern to today's reader. Harold Bloom reflecting at the end of his life on the great writers, he had Shakespeare, Montaigne, Cervantes, and Dante noting that it was their search for truth that gave us the greatest sense of freedom. A very nice set in the original black ¾ Morocco over marbled paper covered boards, joints have been re-enforced and with a few cosmetic touch ups.