Journal du voyage de Michel de Montaigne en Italie, par la Suisse et l’Allemagne, en 1580 & 1581 ; avec des notes de M. de Querlon
Rome et se trouve à Paris, Le Jay, 1774
One large 4to (285 by 220mm); title, portrait, title, , liv, 416 pp; brown calf, decorated spine with raised bands, red morocco title-label, gilt roulette on the edges, red edges.
First 4to edition on the original manuscript of Montaigne; with the text of his report until his arrival in Piedmont and his return to France in Italian, the French translation opposite.
"This relation, quite interesting and especially of great importance for the understanding of Montaigne's mind and character, has been reprinted in Paris 1774, 2 vols. 12mo or 3 vols. 24mo" (Quérard)
"In accordance with the bibliophilic taste of the 18th century, the 4to format is considered the most desirable" (Desan).
A very fine copy printed on strong paper, complete with the engraved portrait.
Quérard IV, 581