BACON, Francis

Operum moralium et civilium tomus. Qui continet historiam regni Henrici Septimi, Regis Angliæ. Sermones fideles, sive interiora rerum.

London, Excusum typis Edwardi Griffini [John Haviland, Bernard Norton, and John Bill]; prostant ad Insignia Regia in Cœmeterio D. Pauli, apud Richardum Whitakerum, 1638.

£2,250

FIRST EDITION, second issue. Folio pp. [xvi], 176, 179-386, [xvi], 475, [i]; [viii], 172, 181-360, 36, [ii]. [pi², A-2H⁶, 2I-2L⁴, 3A⁸, 3B-4R⁶, 4S⁴, [par.]⁴, A-C⁶, D-2S⁴, 2T⁶, a-d⁴, e⁴(-e4).] Roman and Italic letter some Greek. Fine engraved frontispiece portrait of the author, various woodcut printer’s devices on titles, large floriated and grotesque woodcut initials, head and tail-pieces, typographical ornaments, large historiated initials in the ‘Novum Organum’, near contemporary autograph of Wolfgang-Engelbert von Auersperg, (Lord of Schönberg, Seisenberg and Flödnig) inscribed to his library 1655, on title, contemporary mss. ex libris of ‘Jo. Waiccardy cóes ab Auersperg’ at head of title, armorial bookplate ‘Fuerstlich Auerspergsche Fideicommisbibliothek Zu Laybach’ on pastedown. Verso of last a little dusty, very minor marginal waterstain to upper blank margin of first few leaves. A fine copy, crisp, clean and very fresh, in contemporary vellum over thin boards, title manuscript on spine, a little soiled at upper edges of covers.

Rare first edition, the second issue enlarged, of the collected works of Sir Francis Bacon edited by Dr William Rawley, a close friend his private chaplain and secretary, to whom Bacon bequeathed most of his manuscripts. “In the [first issue] of the work the libri duo Instaurationes Magnae’ was NOT included; but later the unsold quires of the first edn. of the Novum Organum, 1620 were appended to the book, and a new general title page was issued in which the addition was recorded. In many copies the eng. title to the Novum Organum, 1620 is not found (as here); in a very few copies a printed title page is substituted.” Gibson. Sir Francis Bacon (later Lord Verulam and the Viscount St. Albans) was an English lawyer, statesman, essayist, historian, intellectual reformer, philosopher, and champion of modern science. Early in his career he claimed “all knowledge as his province” and afterwards dedicated himself to a wholesale revaluation and re-structuring of traditional learning. To take the place of the established tradition (a miscellany of Scholasticism, humanism, and natural magic), he proposed an entirely new system based on empirical and inductive principles and the active development of new arts and inventions, a system whose ultimate goal would be the production of practical knowledge for “the use and benefit of men” and the relief of the human condition. At the same time that he was founding and promoting this project for the advancement of learning, Bacon was also moving up the ladder of state service. His career aspirations had been largely disappointed under Elizabeth I, but with the ascension of James his political fortunes rose. Knighted in 1603, he was then steadily promoted to a series of offices, including Solicitor General (1607), Attorney General (1613), and eventually Lord Chancellor (1618). While serving as Chancellor, he was indicted on charges of bribery and forced from office. He retired to his estate where he devoted himself full time to his continuing literary, scientific, and philosophical work. He died in 1626, leaving a cultural legacy that, for better or worse, includes most of the foundation for the triumph of technology and for the modern world we know. In a way Bacon’s descent from political power was fortunate, for it represented a liberation from the bondage of public life resulting in a remarkable final burst of literary and scientific activity. Bacon’s earlier works, impressive as they are, were essentially products of his spare time. It was only during his last five years that he was able to concentrate exclusively on writing and produced some of his finest work.

A fine copy, of this monumental and important first edition.

ESTC S106961 “A variant of STC 1109, with title page altered and unsold sheets of “Francisci de Verulamio, summi Angliæ Cancellarij, Instauratio magna” (STC 1163) appended. … “Parasceve, ad historiam naturalem, et experimentalem” has separate pagination, and divisional title on a1.” This issue is; “Variant 2: STC 1163 title page lacking altogether.” STC 1110. Gibson 197. Lowndes I p. 96.

L2764b

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BACON, Francis

Essayes and Counsels, Civill and Moral. Whereunto is newly added. Table of the Colours of Good and Evil

London, [ ], 1664.

Price available on request

Gibson 120

B50

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BACON, Francis

The Naturall and Experimental History of Winds…

London, Humphrey Moseley, 1653.

£1,250

FIRST EDITION in English. 12mo pp. [xxvi] 384 [xxx]. Roman and italic letter, author portrait on frontispiece. Age yellowing, final few ll. stained at margins, lacking final black. A good copy in contemporary deerskin, covers loose and scuffed, spine and edges worn. In a box.

Gibson 115.

B37

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BACON, Francis

De Augmentis Scientiarum

Amsterdam, Johannis Ravestemius, 1662.

£150

12mo pp (xx) 607 (LXVIII). Roman lettter, fine eng. t-p, early ms ‘Liber R. Harby’ at head and Mich: Batt a. aR on inner rear board. Light age yellowing, good copy in contemp calf, rebacked, spine remounted, corner repairs.

Gibson 135.

B47

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BACON, Francis

The Advancement of Learning…interpreted by Gilbert Wats

London, For Thomas Williams, 1674.

£450

Folio. pp. 1 engraved portrait + pp. [xxxii] 322 [ xx]. Roman and italic letter, head- and tail-pieces, woodcut initials. Slight age yellowing, light dampstain to final ll, a clean and well margined copy in modern red morocco, covers double gilt-ruled, spine gilt in seven compartments.

Gibson 142

B55

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RAWLEY, William (ed.)

Resuscitatio, or bringing into Publick Light severall Pieces of the Works hitherto Sleeping; of the Right Honourable Francis Bacon. (with) Several Letters written by this Honourable Author.

London, S.G. and B.G. for William Lee, 1671.

£500

FIRST COMPLETE EDITION. Folio. Portrait of the author + pp. (xiv) 1-16, (+1 full page engraved portrait of the author) 17, 256 (ii), 100 (xviii), 8 (ii), 16 (ii), 1-19 (ii), 19-26 (ii), 27-62 (iv), 58 (viii), 92 (xiv), 26, lacking final blank H2. Roman and italic letter, head-and tail- pieces, woodcut initials, two portraits of the author by Wenceslas Hollar (unsigned Gibson listed l and m). C19 bookplate of John Gordon, Vescount Kenmure and Lord Lochinvar. Early manuscript monogram to verso of frontispiece engraving and title page “DPAH”(?). Frontispiece and title page slightly shaved at head with no loss, first and last gatherings a bit dusty and frayed at edges. Light age yellowing, well margined. In contemporary calf, covers ruled in blind, corners worn, small tears, joints cracked and frayed.

Gibson 229.

B53

RAWLEY, William (ed.)

Resuscitatio, or bringing into Publick Light severall Pieces of the Works hitherto Sleeping; of the Right Honourable Francis Bacon. (with) Several Letters written by this Honourable Author.

London, Sarah Griffin for William Lee, 1661.

£650

Folio. Portrait of the author + (xxiv) 324, (ii) 122 (ii). Roman and italic letter, head- and tail-pieces, folio author portrait by Wenceslas Hollar (Gibson portrait l), frontispiece and title page ruled in red, lower margins repaired with no loss of text or image, first gathering with slight damp stains to margin, otherwise a good, well-margined copy with light age yellowing. C19 bookplate of James Francis Anderton to pastedown, bound in C18 half calf, paper boards, re-backed.

Gibson 227.

B46

RAWLEY, William (ed.)

Resuscitatio, or bringing into Publick Light severall Pieces of the Works hitherto Sleeping; of the Right Honourable Francis Bacon. (with) Several Letters written by this Honourable Author.

London, Sarah Griffin for William Lee, 1657.

£1,250

FIRST EDITION Folio. Authorial engraved portrait + pp. (xxiv) 282 (ii), (ii) 122 (ii). Roman and italic letter, head- and tail-pieces, woodcut initials. Age yellowing, title page a bit dusty, a clean, well-margined copy in contemporary calf with blind-ruled panels, rebacked, lower cover edges worn. Heber stamp on fly.

Gibson 226.

B41

LOCKE, John and BACON, Francis

Locke’s Conduct of the Understanding and Bacon’s Essays.

London, J. Walker, 1818.

£75

24mo. (xii) 262. Engraved double-page frontispiece. Slightly foxed throughout, a good copy in contemporary diced calf by Newby joints worn, marbled end papers and edges.

B76

DELEYNE, Alexandre (ed.)

Analyse de la Philosophie du Chancelier Francois Bacon.

Leiden, Les Libraires Associes, 1756.

£150

8vo. In two volumes pp. (iv) 416 (ii), (ii) 433 (iii). Final leaf of volume II repaired at upper edge without loss, F4 margins torn, printing inserted wrong way around, both volumes lightly yellowed but well margined and good. In quarter calf C1800 marbled boards and end papers, edges speckled blue. Edited by Deleyne, second edition.

B67