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Opuscula Varia Posthuma Philosophica Civilia

et Theologica

Francisci Baconi

By Francis Bacon

1658 - Londini - R Danielis

7" by 5"; [36], 216pp


 

DETAILS

An important collection of posthumously published essays by Sir Francis Bacon.

The first edition and the first publication of this work.

Entirely in the original Latin.

This work has been collated using the online copy available from Harvard University Libraries and is complete.

Gibson 230a, First edition, first issue with the publisher's imprint being 'R Danielis'. This edition has the comma to line 8 of the title which Gibson only notes as being a variant for the second issue. However, it would appear that the first issue has this comma also. 

This work comprises of several previously unpublished writings including a biography on Bacon by the editor William Rawley. 

The editor of this work, William Rawley, was Sir Francis Bacon's chaplain and literary executor. He preserved and oversaw the posthumous publication of many of Bacon's works. Rawley worked with many associates to preserve Bacon's memory through these posthumous publications.

Several essays to this work include  'Historia Densi & Kari', 'Topica Inquisitionis de Luce & Lumine',  'Imago Civilis Julii Caesaris', 'Imago Civilis Augusi Caesaris' as well as several more.

 'Opuscula Sex Philosophica Simul Collecta', 'Opus Illustre in felicem memoriam Elizabethae Angliae Reginae' and 'confesso Fidei Anglicano Sermone Conscripta' all have separate dated title pages, as called for.

The essay on Queen Elizabeth's felicity was previously published, in English, in 1651. This appears to be the first Latin appearance. 

Sir Francis Bacon was a famous English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator and author. He served he roles of Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. He lived during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and James I/VI.

ESTC number R3950. 

This is a fascinating collection of essays from one of the greatest minds of fifteenth and sixteenth century England. 

CONDITION

Rebound in a full calf binding with blind stamping to the boards and extremities. Externally, excellent with minor shelfwear. Spine has faded slightly. Prior owner's bookplate to front pastedown, Nicholas Wall. Title page has been repaired by being laid down on another leaf. Small loss to the bottom of original leaf. Prior owner's initials to title page. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned with just the odd spot. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.


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