Limited edition of Essays of Montaigne by Michel de Montaigne, in a fine binding by Maurin.
Quarto, [five volumes]. Three-quarter bound blue morocco, title in gilt on spine, with gilt embellishments and three raised bands. Blue cloth boards with thin gilt trim. Top edge gilt. Tipped-in limitation page naming this set number 145 of 150 privately printed in Britain for The Navarre Society, with signatures from the society. All volumes with sunning to spines, rubbing to edges and corners, and brown splash marks to fore edges. Solid text blocks, with a small split at gutter in volume one. Front cover of volume five heavily worn. All volumes with frontispiece portraits and tissue guards. Fold-out letter in volume one. Bookplate affixed to all front endpapers belonging to American politician Walter Burgwyn Jones.
Walter Burgwyn Jones (1888-1963) served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1919 to 1920. After leaving office he became a circuit court judge until 1935, then worked as a presiding judge until 1963. While presiding over cases Jones was known to support white supremacy, notably an injunction he granted against the work of the NAACP and lecturing against “racial agitators” in the New York Times Co. v. Sullivan case.