Cornwallis, Sir William (1579-1614) Essayes. London: Printed [by S. Stafford] for Edmund Mattes, at the signe of the Hand and Plowgh in Fleet-street, 1600. First edition, part one only, 12mo, woodcut device on title, bound in full olive morocco by Mounteney, tooled in gilt, a.e.g., in a custom half morocco box, 4 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.
Cornwallis influenced the essay-writing styles of Montaigne and Bacon, and helped define the English style of the genre.
A4, B-N8, O2.
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