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The essayes or morall, politike and millitarie discourses of Lo: Michaell de Montaigne, Knight of the noble Order of St. Michaell, and one of the gentlemen in ordinary of the French king, Henry the third his chamber. The first booke. First written by him in French. And now done into English by him that hath inviolably vowed his labors to the æternitie of their honors, whose names he hath severally inscribed on these his consecrated altares. ... Iohn Florio.

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    SR - OS - 99.3 French/

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    [20], 179, [9], 193-450, [10], 475-484, 487-664, [4] p. ; 2°.

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    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

General note: A translation of: Essais. First word of title is xylographic. Title page continues onto verso. Books 2 and 3 each has separate dated title page on leaves R1r and 2R1r, respectively; register is continuous. Leaf 2Q4 is blank. With two final errata leaves. Signatures: A8 [par.]² B-Q6 R4 S-2P6 2Q-2R4 2S-3I6 3K4 [3L]². Preliminaries include quire [par.]² following A8. [Par.]1 bears a poem to John Florio; [par.]2 bears errors and omissions; these 2 leaves are frequently lacking. Entered to E. Aggas 20 October 1595; to E. Blount 4 June 1600. No slip cancel on B1r; quire [para.] present; wormhole from beginning through quire M, slightly affecting text UK-SuSCL Cited in: STC (2nd ed.), 18041 Pforzheimer, 378 Format of surrogate: Microfilm. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1961. 1 microfilm reel; 35mm. (Early English books, 1475-1640; 895:16). Ownership and custodial history: MS. ink initials on tp. "K.G."; ink marginal marks (?18thC) on pp. 64,65, 67; armorial bookplate, 18thC, with motto 'victoria concordia crescit'. Arms of Richard Townley, 1566-1628, of Townley, Lancashire, blind-stamped on the front and back boards UK-SuSCL Binding Information: Contemporary full leather with coat of arms of Richard Townley, 1566-1628, of Townley, Lancashire, dated 1603, motto 'TENEZ LE VRAY' blind-stamped on boards UK-SuSCL