BACON, Francis

Novum Organum (with) De Ventis.

Amsterdam, J. Ravesteinii & Elsevier, 1660.

£650

12mo. pp. (xii) 404, (iv) + (xvi) 232, (xvi). Roman letter, finely engraved title page to each work. Good copies in contemporary vellum, early autograph partially scratched out at foot of first title page.

Gibson 106 & 111.

B44

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BACON, Francis

Opuscula Varia Posthuma, Philosophica, Civilia, et Theologica.

London, R. Danielis, 1658.

£1,750

FIRST EDITION, first issue, 8vo. Roman and Italic. pp. (xxxvi) 216, collected and edited by William Rawley. Manuscript ‘vendatur 1752 Royen’ on title page, also early ink stamp ‘Acad. Lugd’ (Lyons) and on upper and lower edges. Good clean copy in contemporary polished vellum.

Gibson 230.

B42

BACON, Francis

Scripta in Naturali et Universali Philosophia.

Amsterdam, Ludovico Elzevir, 1653. [with]

Historia Naturalis & Experimentalis de Ventis.

Leiden, Francis Hack, 1648.

£1,250

12mo. Two volumes in one. pp. (xii) 336 + fold-out 337-496, (xvi) 232, (xvi).

FIRST EDITION of first, and FIRST LATIN EDITION of second work. 1) Roman and Italic letter, head- and tail-pieces, engraved title page depicting three debating philosophers with various instruments (astrolabe, globe, sextant), printed title page with Elzevir device. 2) Roman and Italic letter, head- and tail-pieces, engraved title page depicting the creation of a tempest through magic. Light age yellowing, fold-out plate torn with no loss, C19 ex libris on fly, in contemporary polished vellum, title written in brown ink on spine, all edges speckled blue.

Gibson 223 “important collection,” 110a.

B38

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BACON, Francis

De augmentis scientiarum libri.

Leiden, Adrian Wijngaerden, 1652.

£2,750

12mo. pp. (x) 684, (lx), lacking final two blanks. Roman and Italic letter, engraved title page depicting Bacon reading a folio volume with a wildly dressed figure holding a volume and representing the Book of Nature. Age yellowing, upper margin of first few gatherings cropped closely but with no loss, contemporary manuscript biographical note added to fly, ascribed to Thomas Fairfax (1693-1781), George Washington’s friend, patron and mentor, whose ex libris appears in pencil above, in C1800 polished calf by J.J. Cowling of Barnet (label on pastedown), with red morocco label on spine, with title and compartments gilt, all edges speckled blue.

Gibson 133.

B36

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BACON, Francis

A REVOLUTIONARY EDITION OF PHILOSOPHICAL TEXT

Novum Organum Scientiarum.

Leiden, Adrian Wyngaerden, 1650.

£1,250

12mo. (xxiv) 404. Roman and italic letter, woodcut initial, head- and tail-pieces, engraved title page of ship between the Pillars of Hercules. Light age yellowing, good, well-margined copy in contemporary calf with panels triple-ruled in blind. Shelf mark to pastedown, later label to spine, speckled edges. Acquisition note of E. Poore 1760.

Enoch Poore (1736-1780), born and raised in Andover Massachusetts, was a Revolutionary War hero, commanding regiments at the battles of Lexington, Crown Point, and Stillwater, before joining Washington at Philadelphia to fight in the New Jersey campaign. After surviving the infamously brutal winter at Valley Forge, Poore fought valiantly under Lafayette at the Battle of Monmouth.

B35

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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

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BACON, Francis

Sermones fideles ethici, politici economici.

Leiden, Francis Hack, 1644.

£325

12mo. (iv) 5-404, (iv). Roman and italic letter, head- and tail-pieces, engraved title page depicting Bacon addressing three men. Age yellowing, title page a bit dusty, in contemporary C18 calf, ornately gilt with panels and floral design, spine gilt in six compartments with raised bands, label missing, neat repair to head of spine, C19 bookplate to pastedown, marbled endpapers.

Gibson 52(b).

B31

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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

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BACON, Francis

The Essayes or, Counsels, Civill and Morall with A Table of the Colours, or Apparances of Good and Evill, and their Degrees, as places of Perswasion, and Disswasion, and their severall Fallaxes, and the Elenches of them.

London, John Beale, 1639.

£450

4to. pp. (vi) 340, (xlii). Roman and italic letter, woodcut initials, head-and tail-pieces, title page within border of typographical ornaments. C18 manuscript ex libris “M. Newton” to title page, “M Warton” crossed out. Age browning, otherwise a good, well-margined copy in modern full calf, gilt spine, all edges red.

Gibson 17.

B25