Title: Sylva sylvarum, or, A naturall history in ten centuries: Whereunto is Newly Added the History Naturall and Experimentall of Life and Death, or, Of the Prolongation of Life, 1658. Seventh Edition
Author: Francis Bacon, edited by William Rawley
Publisher: William Lee, London
Condition: Very Poor
A mid 17th century edition of Francis Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum, dated 1658, being the seventh 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.
Also included is Bacon's History Naturall and Experimentall of Life and Death, being a study into longer life, with several formulas and solutions to treat existing conditions such as gout and more.
All three books are complete, with the engraved front piece and portrait of Bacon present as well.
Three volumes bound into one folio. XVI, 218, XXII, IV, 36, VIII, 64 pages
On note of condition, this book is in damaged shape, with several points to note:
There is heavy worming damage to the lower right-hand corner of the book, with many pages virtually flaking and shredded at the bottom right corner, although much of the text remains readable in these areas. There is a note by one of the previous owners that indicates the book being repaired in 1832. There is heavy wear and worming to leather boards with some loss of leather at the lower corner and around. The corners are worn, and the cover is almost detached, only just holding on in the center, though it is likely is will soon fall off without great care or repair. The text is otherwise clean, with only minor foxing. There is also a considerable amount of dust present.