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Sylva Sylvarum

 Or

 A Naturall Historie in Ten Centuries

By Francis Bacon

1639 - London - William Lee 

11"7.5" [16], 218, [13], 42pp.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

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An early copy of Francis Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum.

Fifth edition with alphabetical table of the principle things contained within the work, featuring decorative head and tail pieces, and illuminated capitals.

To which is added Bacon's "A New Atlantis a Worke Unfinished". A utopian work originally released in 1627, depicting Bacon's ideas of an ideal land where "generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendor, piety and public spirit" were the commonly held qualities of the inhabitants of Bensalem. The name "Bensalem" means "Son of Peace", having obvious resemblance with "Bethlehem" and is referred to as "God's bosom, a land unknown", in the last page of the work. There has been much speculation as to whether a real island society inspired Bacon's utopia. Scholars have suggested numerous countries, from Iceland to Japan, a city named "Bensalem" was actually founded in Pennsylvania, USA, in 1682.

Bacon has been called the creator of empiricism. His works established and popularised inductive methodologies for scientific enquiry, often called the Baconian method, or simply the scientific method. His demand for a planned procedure of investigating all things natural marked a new turn in the rhetorical and theoretical framework for science, much of which still surrounds conceptions of proper methodology today. The Sylva Sylvarum is particularly fascinating as it contains numerous passages dealing with medical treatments for the prolongation of life and the preservation of flesh.

Sylva Sylvarum lacks the frontispiece and engraved title page. New Atlantis lacks last leaf.

CONDITION

In a half vellum binding with paper covered boards. Externally, rather rubbed and worn. Loss to the spine, and vellum is lifting. Both boards are held by the cords only and are rather delicate. Internally, generally firmly bound yet with some leaves working loose, and endpapers absent. Pages are bright, but with the odd spot and handling mark. Tide marks to title page through to page 2, and 111 to 147. Marginal evidence of past worming throughout the text. Minor loss to title page. Copperplate ink inscriptions to the front and rear pastedowns, and title page. Overall: FAIR.


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