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Thick 8vo. (2) ff., 469 (ie 496) pp., (30) ff. Bound in original yapp edged vellum, ties partially present, with title stenciled on spine. Engraved ex libris of Peter Müger on front end pastedown. Illegible ownership inscription on title. A flawless copy. Extremely rare second, corrected edition, as rare as the first (1569) of Montaigne¿s first book, a translation into French of the 15th century Catalan theologian Raimund Sabunde¿s Liber naturae sive creaturarum ( composed 1434-36, editio princeps 1487). Beyond its obvious interest as a contemporary edition of a work by a major figure of world literature, the translation has particular resonance as a stepping-stone to the Essais (first 1580): both for its humanistic ¿natural theology¿ which argued that the scholastic antithesis between reason and faith, philosophy and reason was false, and that Nature and the Bible were accordingly both forms of Divine Revelation; and more specifically, as an introduction to what would prove to be the longest and most famous chapter of the Essais, L¿Apologie de Raymond Sebond (Book II, chapter xii.) It is here that Montaigne poses the skeptical question emblematic of the entire work and indeed, of himself,¿What do I know?¿ (¿Que sais-je?¿) On a biographical note, along with earlier reading and his friendship with Etienne de La Boëtie, it was the initial publication of the present work which led to Montaigne¿s retirement from political life and devotion to a life of study and writing. Montaigne¿s attentiveness as a translator deserves particular notice, as the work¿s prologue had appeared on the 1559 Index Librorum Prohibitorum. As Screech notes in his introduction to his translation of the Essais: ¿No censor has ever said a word against it. [Montaigne] had clearly taken theological advice and adapted the Prologue to meet the needs of the Faith. Comparison of his version and the original shows why the Latin prologue appeared among the prohibited books, while the French version never did.¿ While the present edition is sometimes referred to as a reprint of the 1569, a recent article by Cérard shows that this is not the case. In this connexion, it is of interest that in 1958 the late Parisian bookseller Alain Brieux offered a copy of the 1569 edition which contained over 200 corrections in Montaigne¿s hand, the vast majority of which were incorporated into the present edition. (See Cérard for further details about alterations.) The present edition was certainly ¿timed¿ to ride the coat-tails of the 1580 Essais¿ success. For the present edition, OCLC lists 5 copies in American libraries: Harvard, Chicago, Virginia. Columbia and Princeton. The first edition is held by the Folger, Yale, Princeton, LC, and the Morgan. * Adams M-40 (Gorbin imprint); Tchemerzine-Scheler IV.914; Jean Cérard in Montaigne Studies (1993) V.1-2, pp. 11-26. N° de ref. de la librería 4784
Título: La Theologie naturelle de Raymond Sebond, ...
Editorial: Michel Sonnius
Año de publicación: 1581
Condición del libro: Very Good
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