BACON, Francis

The Essays, Or Councils, Civil and Moral, with a Table of the Colours of Good and Evil. And a Discourse on the Wisdom of the Ancients.

London, E. Holt for Richard Chiswell, 1701.

£175

8vo. pp. (viii) 167, (xviii) 114. Roman and italic letter. Age yellowing, title page upper margin trimmed with no loss of text, rubbed out ex libris, “Banister 1707” to inner margin of free end paper. A few stains, a good copy in modern 1/4 calf, marbled boards.

Gibson 28c.

B63

BACON, Francis

The Essays, Or Councils, Civil and Moral, with a Table of the Colours of Good and Evil. And a Discourse on the Wisdom of the Ancients.

London, J. Newton, 1696.

£250

8vo. Roman and italic letter, black letter on title page. Title page with slight marginal tear, not affecting text, age yellowing and occasional foxing, a well-margined copy. “Isabella Perceval given to her by her Mother Feb. 1805” on fly leaf. In contemporary calf covers, re-backed.

Gibson 27a.

B61

BACON, Francis

The Essays, Or Counsels, Civil and Moral, with a Table of the Colours of Good and Evil. Whereunto is added the Wisdom of the Ancients.

London, M. Clark for S. Mearne, 1680.

£950

8vo. (viii) 222, (xiv) 28, (xii) 111, (iii). Roman letter, general title within double line border, separate part titles to second and third works. Old ex dono faded on leaf of first front page, good, clean copy in contemporary calf, re-backed.

Gibson 24a.

B58

BACON, Francis

The History of the Reigns of Henry the Seventh, Henry the Eighth, Edward the Sixth, and Queen Mary. The First written by the Right Honourable Francis, the other Three by the Right Honourable Francis Godwyn.

London, W.G. for R. Scot, T. Basset, J. Wright, R. Chiswell, and J. Edwyn, 1676.

£500

FIRST EDITION. Folio pp. 1 engraved portrait + (vi) 138, (vi). Roman and italic letter, head- and tail-pieces, woodcut initials, with engraved portrait of Bacon in clean, strong impression. Age browning to margins of title page and first and last leaves. A well-margined copy in English speckled calf, lower edges worn, spine gilt in seven compartments with red morocco label.

Gibson 121.

B56

BACON, Francis

Opera Omnia.

Frankfurt, J. B. Schonwetteri, 1665.

£500

FIRST EDITION, variant issue. Folio, ff. (vi) with the name ‘Bibliopola ad Lectorem’ replacing half title, (iii) columns 1,324 + Ip + ff (xiv). Roman letter, mainly double column, printer’s engraved device on title page, title in red and black. A little marginal fraying, some paper browning (poorish paper), good copy in contemporary calf, upper compartment of spine restored. In folding box.

Gibson 236.

B52

BACON, Francis

Historia regni Henrici Septimi.

Amsterdam, Elsevier, 1662.

£150

12mo. (iv) 5-402, (vi). Roman and italic letter, woodcut initial, head- and tail-pieces, title page engraved with Wheel of Fortune. Title page dusty with light damp staining, age yellowing and occasional ink spots throughout, faint damp stain to lower margin of final few gatherings, in contemporary calf, cracked and worn, re-backed, all edges speckled red. R.W. Gibson’s pencilled ex libris and purchase record on back pastedown.

Gibson 127.

B49

BACON, Francis

The Remaines of the Right Honorable Francis Lord Verulam.

London, B. Alsop for Lawrence Chapman, 1648.

£650

FIRST EDITION. 4to. pp. (vi) 103. Roman and italic letter, head- and tail-pieces, woodcut initials. Title page and first few leaves a bit dusty, a clean copy in contemporary calf with gilt-ruled panels on covers, re-backed, all edges red.

Gibson 218.

B33

BACON, Francis

Historia regni Henrici Septimi.

Leiden, Francis Hack, 1647.

£350

12mo. pp. (iv) 5-403, (v). Roman letter, finely engraved title page. Slight age yellowing. A good clean copy in contemporary vellum.

Gibson 126b.

B32

BACON, Francis

Historia Regni Henrici Septimi.

Leiden, Francis Hack, 1642.

£450

FIRST EDITION in Latin. 12mo. pp. (vi) 7-406, (x). Roman and Italic letter, engraved title featuring men approaching the Wheel of Fortune (sculp. Cornelia von Dalen). Age yellowing, a clean and well-margined copy bound in contemporary vellum over boards, vellum stubs.

Gibson 125.

B30

MORE, St. Thomas

THE LIECHTENSTEIN-BONNA COPY

La Description de L’Isle Utopie.

Paris, Charles l’Angelier, 1550.

£29,500

FIRST EDITION thus. 8vo., ff. (viii) 105 (vii). Roman letter, several woodcut cartouches, white on black woodcut initials, cartouche and printer’s device on verso of last, twelve circa half page woodcut in text. Very light age browning, a good, clean, well-margined copy in C19 crushed crimson morocco, inner dentelles gilt, all edges gilt.

First edition of the first French translation of Sir Thomas More’s “Utopia,” by Jean Le Blond d’Evreux, lawyer, poet, and champion of the French language. Le Blond’s one great chance, as he recognized, was to bring himself to the attention of the elite of the French-speaking world; it did not succeed and Le Blond is only gradually being rediscovered. His translation includes also the prefatory address from Budé to Thomas Lupet.

By far the most important of More’s Latin works was the Utopia, the pre-eminent humanistic dialogue, appealing for the application of wisdom in the life and government of men and at the same time a delightful work of entertainment and irony. The origin of a new word in the English language (and subsequently in many others), the work was the model or source for innumerable ‘Utopias’ or ‘distopias’, from Bacon’s ‘New Atlantis’ in the C17, to Swift in the C18, to Huxley and Orwell in the C20. It was More’s greatest literary work, achieving immediate international success, probably the most significant and enduring by any Englishman of the age.

“It was written, like Gulliver’s Travels (…) as a tract for the times to rub in the lesson of Erasmus; it inveighs against the new statesmanship of an all-powerful autocracy and the new economics of large enclosures and the destruction of the old common-field agriculture, just as it pleads for religious tolerance and universal education. (…) Utopia is not, as often imagined, More’s ideal state; it exemplifies only the virtues of wisdom, fortitude, temperance and justice. It reflects the moral poverty of the states which More knew, whose Christian rulers should possess also the Christian virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. (…) [More] is both a saint to the Catholic and a predecessor of Marx to the Communist. His manifesto is and will be required reading for both, and for all shades of opinion between.” Printing and the Mind of Man 47, on the first edition.

BM. STC. Fr. p. 319. Gibson 19. Brunet III, 1894 “Edition rare.” Fairfax Murray 391 “In text are nine woodcuts apparently executed for this work, besides the pretty cut of a scribe in different style (…) which occurs on A2, E1 and D2.”

“Suite de cinq vignettes (56 x 78) dont deux répètées deux fois, d’un bon style, montrant divers personnages, drapés à l’antique, discourant ou rendant la justice. Petite vignette, répètée trois fois, de l’écrivain à sa table, un chien couché à ses pieds, utilisée dans de nombreux ouvrages.” Brun, p. 256.

K40

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