Selected essays of Montaigne

These are essays that Montaigne published in 1575, and they were translated into English by Charles Cotton. I have not yet been able to find out the date of this translation, though I believe it to be sometime in the 1670s.

I have listed the essays here in the order that they Mr. Cotton gave them, but I have also listed the order they were given in the edition of 1595. The approximate date of composition for each essay also follows its title***.

  1. OF CUSTOM, AND THAT WE SHOULD NOT EASILY CHANGE A LAW RECEIVED: I.23: 1572-1574
  2. OF THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN: I.26: 1579-1580
  3. THAT FORTUNE IS OFTENTIMES OBSERVED TO ACT BY THE RULES OF REASON: I.34: 1572-1574
  4. OF CANNIBALS: I.31: 1578-1580
  5. OF WAR-HORSES, OR DESTRIERS: I.48: 1572-1574
  6. OF DEMOCRITUS AND HERACLITUS: I.50: 1572-1580
  7. OF AGE: I.57: 1572-1580
  8. OF DRUNKENNESS: II.2: 1573-1574
  9. OF GLORY: II.16: 1578-1580
  10. OF PRESUMPTION: II.17: 1578-1580
  11. THAT WE TASTE NOTHING PURE: II.20: 1578-1580
  12. OF THUMBS: II.26: 1578-1580
  13. OF THE RESEMBLANCE OF CHILDREN TO THEIR FATHERS: II.37: 1579-1580
  14. OF REPENTANCE: III.2: 1585-1588
  15. UPON SOME VERSES OF VIRGIL: III.5: 1585-1588
  16. OF COACHES: III.6: 1585-1588
  17. THAT TO STUDY PHILOSOPHY IS TO LEARN TO DIE: I.20: 1572-1574
  18. OF VANITY: III.9: 1585-1588
  19. OF PHYSIOGNOMY: III.12: 1585-1588
  20. OF THE FORCE OF IMAGINATION: I.21: 1572-1574
  21. OF EXPERIENCE: III.13: 1587-1588

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These essays were put into html by Emily Gladstone.