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Very Good, Hamish Hamilton, no date, circa 1958. Very, Very Thick Royal 8vo. xxvi + 1093pp. Coloured illustrated double endpapers, Foyles bookdealer label to pastedown. Very good clean tight sound square, no bookplate, inscriptions or marks of any kind, relevant contemporary newspaper clipping loosley inserted. Bound in gilt lettered and embossed full red wide weave cloth, togegther with original portrait pictorial dustwrapper gently chipped to head and with two short closed tears (1cm) to foot of spine, top edge brown. A delight for reader, scholar and collector alike, or an ideal gift. Extraordinarily heavy volume, will incur additional postage, possibly prohibitive overseas.

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A faithful translation is rare; a translation which preserves intact the original text is very rare; a perfect translation of Montaigne appears impossible. Yet Donald Frame has realized this feat. One does not seem to be reading a translation, so smooth and easy is the style; at each moment, one seems to be listening to Montaigne himself the freshness of his ideas, the unexpected choice of words. Frame has kept everything. New York Times Book Review"

"A faithful translation is rare; a translation which preserves intact the original text is very rare; a perfect translation of Montaigne appears impossible. Yet Donald Frame has realized this feat. One does not seem to be reading a translation, so smooth and easy is the style; at each moment, one seems to be listening to Montaigne himself-the freshness of his ideas, the unexpected choice of words. Frame has kept everything." -New York Times Book Review

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Michel Eyquem, Seigneur de Montaigne, was born in 1533, the son and heir of Pierre, Seigneur de Montaigne (two previous children dying soon after birth). He was brought up to speak Latin as his mother tongue and always retained a Latin turn of mind; though he knew Greek, he preferred to use translations. After studying law he eventually became counselor to the Parlement of Bordeaux. He married in 1565. In 1569 he published his French version of the Natural Theology of Raymond Sebond; his Apology is only partly a defense of Sebond and sets skeptical limits to human reasoning about God, man and nature. He retired in 1571 to his lands at Montaigne, devoting himself to reading and reflection and to composing his Essays (first version, 1580). He loathed the fanaticism and cruelties of the religious wars of the period, but sided with Catholic orthodoxy and legitimate monarchy. He was twice elected Mayor of Bordeaux (1581 and 1583), a post he held for four years. He died at Montaigne (1592) while preparing the final, and richest, edition of his Essays.

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