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Francisci Baconi Baronis de Verulamio Vicecomitis Sancti Albani Magni Angliae

By Francisci Bacon; Francis Bacon

1730

R Gosling : London

14" by 10"

[13], 224, [10], 3-394, [38]; [6], 564, [4], [28]; [8], 1-586, [46]; [4], 707, [29]pp

 

 

 

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The first collected edition of works by the renowned scholar and philosopher Sir Francis Bacon. Four volumes, in a small folio format in the contemporary binding, with unusually bright and clean pages.

First thus, the first edition of these works collected together. With an extensive introduction, providing Dr Rawley's life of Bacon, and an account of this edition. Dr Rawley was Bacon's literary executor and edited and published many of Bacon's manuscripts. Bacon was a pioneer of the scientific method, his writings are on a variety of topics from philosophy and law to science, history and more. These four volumes portray the range and scope of intellect held by this influential historical figure. ESTC No T88308. The ESTC notes that parts of volumes I-2, 4 and all of volume 3 printed by William Bowyer. It is noted that for volume III Bowyer's records show that '500 copies were printed on foolscap, 25 on Genoa demy and 40 on writing demy.' Prior owner's contemporary inscriptions to the margin of page 347 to the first volume. Bookplate to the front pastedown to volumes II-IV 'John Thomas Stanley of Alderley'. John Thomas Stanley, 6th Baronet, was a British landowner and amateur scientist. He was born at Alderley Park, Cheshire and succeeded to the baronetcy following his father's death in 1755. Vignette half-title to the first volume, and a frontispiece to all volumes. Two folding table plates to volume II. Collated, complete. With a leaf of publisher's adverts to the rear of volume IV. The first half of volume I is in English, being the prefatory information. Both of Bacon's works to the first volume are in Latin. Volume II is entirely in Latin, volumes III and IV are in English. Volume I comprises of, Dr Rawley's Life of the Author, Collections Relating to Our Author's Life, An Account of this Present Edition, Instauratio Magna: Pars I Sive de Augmentis Scientiarum, Pars II Sive Novum Organum. Volume II has an array of Bacon's works in Latin, such as 'Abecedarium Naturae', 'Historia Ventorum', 'Historia Vitae & Mortis', 'Inquisitio de Magnete', 'Advancement of Learning', 'Meditationes Sacrae'. Volume III has titles such as 'His Natural History', 'The New Atlantis', 'His Apothegms', 'Colours of Good and Evil', 'History of the Reign of Henry VII', 'History of the Reign of Henry VIII', 'Of a War With Spain'. Volume IV contains essays and writings such as 'Offer of a Digest of the Laws', 'Elements or Maxims and Use of the Common Law', 'Cases of Treason', 'Theological Works', 'Letters in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth', 'Treasons of Robert Earl of Essex' and 'Letters concerning the Sollicitorship'. Catch-word to page 218 does not match page 219, However, the signatures are accurate. May be an incorrect catch-word.This gathering also has four leaves, (i i i4) thus implying that iii3 and iii4 are additional leaves. A lovely, early eighteenth century collection of Sir Francis Bacon's works.

CONDITION

In the contemporary calf bindings, with gilt tooling to the board edges. Spine labels have been replaced, as has the number label to volume IV. Externally, sound with patches of rubbing to the boards, and spine. Some loss to the leather, to the boards and spine, including to the head of spine to volume IV and tail of spine to all volumes. Gilt has faded to the spine of all volumes. Front joint and hinge to volume I are tender with cords showing. Rear joint to volume I is cracked, with the hinge strained but firm. Joints to volumes I-IV are cracked. Front hinge to volumes II and III are strained but firm. Front hinge to volume IV is tender, with cords showing, may detach with further handling. Page number to Z2 to volume IV has been removed by a prior owner, possibly due to a mispagination. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Pages are unusually bright with just the odd handling mark and spot. A very clean copy of this work.

Overall Condition: Good

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