1614 The Charge of Sir Francis Bacon Knight
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This work was published as a part of James I's anti-dueling campaign. Bacon's work was one of two major treatises published on this subject at the time. The campaign was prompted by a series of high profile combats between leading courtiers in late 1613. In October of 1613 James I issued a proclamation banning the publishing or writing of works on duels. He also made the offence punishable in Star Chamber to publicise any proceedings of duels. Henry Howard, the Earl of Northampton lead the campaign initially, and this then fell to Sir Francis Bacon, the attorney general, upon Northampton's death. This work is one of the major contributions to the Jacobean anti-dueling campaign. ESTC reference No: S121055. A disbound copy of this work, which is closely trimmed to the head of the title. Collated, lacking the initial and final blanks. Illustrated, with woodcut head pieces and initials. Sir Francis Bacon was a leading intellectual figure of sixteenth and seventeenth century Britain. He served as both the Attorney General and Lord Chancellor and was of great influence in the scientific revolution. The father of empiricism, Bacon's work in the fields of science, history, poetry and philosophy have shaped modern life. A very scarce and important work of this topic.
Disbound. Externally, very smart. Inscription to the top of title, obscured from close-cropping. A few light spots to the externals. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with occasional scattered spots to pages.
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