“There are times when I am so unlike myself that I might be taken for someone else of an entirely opposite character": Finely Bound Set of the Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau; With numerous Illustrations and Woodcuts
The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau.
Item Number: 102454
New York: Brentano's, 1928.
Finely bound set of Rousseau’s autobiographical masterpiece. Octavo, two volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over cloth, raised bands, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt topstain, marbled endpapers, frontispiece portrait and thirteen engraved plates reproduced from the Jouaust edition of 1881, numerous woodcut headpieces. In fine condition.
First published in 1782, four years after Rousseau's death, his Confessions is notable as one of the first major autobiographies. Prior to the Confessions, the two great autobiographies were Augustine's own Confessions and Saint Teresa's Life of Herself. Providing an account of the experiences that shaped Rousseau's personality and ideas, the work was also noted for its detailed account of Rousseau's more humiliating and shameful moments. Founded in 1922 in London by Francis Meynell, his second wife Vera Mendel, and their mutual friend David Garnett, The Nonesuch Press was established in the basement of Garnett's bookshop in Soho. Nonesuch was unusual among private presses in that it used a small hand press to design books and then had them printed by commercial printers. Among the press's best-known editions were the collected works of William Congreve and William Wycherley and translations of Cervantes and Dante.