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Montaigne à l'oeuvre sur l'Exemplaire de Bordeaux

Abstract : The recent, and almost simultaneous, on-line publication of the facsimile of the Bordeaux Copy, where Montaigne prepared the last edition of his Essais (Gallica and Sélénè : images only), and of the very first digital edition of this exceptional blend of manuscript and print (Bibliothèques Virtuelles Humanistes : texts and joint images) allows to add, to the works of edition and of history of the book which this witness, as famous as it is complex, has already inspired, several new observations on the different protocols of correction and addition used by the author, on the fifty conventional signs which he employs for this purpose, on his tendency to extend the end of his chapters, on the preliminary list of his editing instructions, on the problem raised by the absence of certain additions which were however signaled, and present in the posthumous edition of 1595… We can thus already throw the basis of a chronology, a relative one at least, of the interventions of Montaigne — and three times by the intermediary of Marie de Gournay writing under his dictation — on this corrected exemplary, which became a work copy while the author, in all likelihood, also worked on another exemplary dating from 1588, which his widow was to send later to Paris. Conceived as a postface to the digital edition already published by HAL (Archives Ouvertes) this note of synthesis requires the frequent consultation of the downloadable facsimile to which it refers. Other studies, we hope, will follow, which this one will have been able to inspire.
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Alain Legros. Montaigne à l'oeuvre sur l'Exemplaire de Bordeaux. 2017. ⟨halshs-01583048v2⟩



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