Antique Eighteenth Century French Bindings, "Essais de Montaigne" circa 1779

This is a fine, classic eighteenth century set of bindings. It was published in Geneva by Jean-Samuel Cailler. We sell this set as a decorative one, it is not sequential, missing the volume number six.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (February 28, 1533 – September 13, 1592) was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance. He was famous for his massive "Essais" and was commonly thought of as the "father of modern skepticism". He had a direct influence on writers the world over, including: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Eric Hoffer and "possibly" on the works of Shakespeare.

The bindings are bound in the very unusual and striking "cat's paw" Morocco leather (so named because the pattern mimics a cats tracks). The spines are entirely gilt tooled into eight compartments (three filled by a central gilt tooled fleuron surrounded by arabesques and tendrils, two hold the gilt tooled title and number plates and three have large gilt tooled arabesque fans). The end papers are of the marvelous marbled paper specific to the eighteenth century taste. The page edges are marbled. Each binding measures 5 3/4" x 3 3/8" x 7/8" thick. The bindings have survived in incredible condition for their age (over 200 years), with a warm and rich patina which is only possible through the passage of time. Of note in regards to condition: volume one has an ancient restoration on the spine (compartment six) and there is very, very light wear in accordance with use to spine bottoms and book edges.

The size of these volumes works well for any library shelf, large or small. They are a perfect size for a desktop. The classic text combined with the very fine eighteenth century bindings give them a lovely and very elegant pedigree.

Item ID: LC138

$495 USD

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