Title: Sylva Sylvarum: or, a natural historie. Bound with New Atlantis, A Worke Unfinished, 1639. Fifth Edition
Author: Francis Bacon, edited by William Rawley
Publisher: London, John Havilan
Francis Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum, dated 1639, being the fifth edition.
Though Bacon never lived to see his work be published the very same year he passed in 1626, it nevertheless became a massively popular example of natural philosophy, being reprinted multiple times over the decades. In this work, Bacon summarizes the works of classical writers such as Pliny the Elder and Giambattista della Porta, among others.
Being neatly organized into 10 chapters of 100 paragraphs each, Bacon also delves into medicine, physiology, cooking, architecture, and much more.
What is additionally bound is Bacon's unfinished work, New Atlantis, a bizarre tale of a utopian society ruled over by masters of science who dabble in the art of divination. It was a work that Bacon used to share his views among the general public, as well as social reformers of the mid 17th century.
Two volumes bound into one folio.
On note of condition, there are two noticeable issues:
While all title pages are present, the engraved portrait of Bacon is missing, although one can be provided in facsimile at request.
The book is still in its original binding, but the spine is mostly disintegrated, with a bare remnant of the original gilt title showing. The binding has been preserved with rows of cloth tape being fixed over the spine.