Title: Sylva Sylvarum: Or, a Natural History, in Ten Centuries, Whereunto is added the Articles of Enquiry touching Metals and Minerals; bound with New Atlantis and History Natural and Experimental of Life and Death, or, Of the Prolongation of Life, 1664
Author: Francis Bacon
Publisher: William Lee, London
A mid 17th century edition of Francis Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum, dated 1664, being the eighth edition, and being the first edition to officially include the Articles of Enquiry.
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.
The index page, and leaf containing the recipe for gout are lacking from Sylva Sylvarum.
Three volumes bound into one folio. (16)+218+(18), (2)+7+(2), (2)+36+(VIII)+64 pages
On note of condition, this book is in good shape, with rubbing and wear at the corners, scuffs on the back, and light wear to the joints. There are some ink marks to the portrait of Bacon and the title page. There is very little foxing or staining throughout the rest of the volume.