New York: Brentano's, 1928. Item #03054
“It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living”
ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques. The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Translated from the French by W. Conyngham Mallory & ornamented with thirteen original engravings from the Jouaust Edition of 1881 by Edmond Hédouin. New York: Brentano's, 1928.
First edition thus. Two octavo volumes (8 15/16 x 5 1/2 inches; 206 x 140 mm.). Title-pages printed in red and black. Thirteen engraved plates.
Handsomely bound by Rivière & Son in contemporary full mottled calf, covers triple-ruled in gilt, spines richly gilt decorated in gilt with red morocco floral onlays in compartments, red and green morocco labels lettered in gilt, gilt board edges, gilt turn-ins, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. A near fine set.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778) was one of the most influential thinkers during the Enlightenment in eighteenth century Europe. The Confessions is an autobiographical book by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In modern times, it is often published with the title The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau in order to distinguish it from Saint Augustine's Confessions. Covering the first fifty-three years of Rousseau's life, up to 1765, it was completed in 1769, but was not published until 1782, four years after Rousseau's death, even though Rousseau did read excerpts of his manuscript publicly at various salons and other meeting places.