First Nonesuch Press Edition of the Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau; finely bound
The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau.
Item Number: 96217
London: The Nonesuch Press, 1938.
First Nonesuch Press edition of Rousseau’s Confessions. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles to the spine, red morocco spine label, raised bands. In very good 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.