BACON, Francis

BACON, Francis Operum Moralium et Civilium

London, Edward Griffin, D. Pauli and Richard Whitaker, 1638


FIRST EDITION, first issue. Folio, pp. [xiv] 148 [iv] 153-263 [vii] 271-324 [x] 335- 349 [iii] 353-386 [xvi] 1-475. Roman and italic letter, head- and tail-pieces, woodcut initials, engraved author portrait. C 1800 bookplate of Richard Benyon on pastedown, C17 ms ex dono “Societae: Mercator: Ad vent: Hamburg:” on fep. Light age yellowing, margins occasionally browned. A nice copy, clean and well margined in in contemporary calf, rebacked, with title gilt, a.e.r. Gibson 197 “In a former edition of the work the ‘Libri duo Instaurationis Magnae” was not included: but later unsold quires of the first edition 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 this copy the title page includes the Novum Organum, but it has not been added to the work.

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