Title: The Works of Francis Bacon, containing Sylva Sylvarum; De Augmentis scientiarum; Opuscula Varia Posthuma Philosophica; Sermones Fideles, Ethici, Politici, Oeconomici: Sive interiora rerum; Summi Angliae Cancellarii Novum Organum Scientiarum; Historia Regni Henrici Septimi; Historia Vitae et Mortis; Historia Naturalis & Experimentalis de Ventis; Scripta in Naturali Et Universali Philosophia, 1663/1662/1663/1685/1660/1695/1663/1662/1653
Author: Francis Bacon
Publisher: Amstelaedami , Ex officina Elzeviriana; Amstelaedami, apud Joannem Ravesteinium; Amstelaedami, Ex Officina Wetsteniana
Condition: Very Good/Good
A mid to late 17th set of the various works of Francis Bacon, with several different imprints from 1653 to 1695, uniformly bound. First is his most famous work of natural philosophy, Sylva Sylvarum, in which 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. At the end 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. Second, is the first part of his Great Instauration known as De Augmentis Scientiarum, or Partitions of the Sciences. Third is the Opuscula Varia, being a various collection of Bacon’s posthumous philosophical, civil and theological works. Fourth is his Sermones Fideles, or Faithful sermons, ethical, political, and economic. Additionally bound with this work is a second copy of Opuscula Varia, identical to the third volume. Fifth is Bacon’s Novum Organum, the second part of his Great Instauration. In this work, Bacon details a new system of logic he believes to be superior to the old ways of syllogism, a method now known as the Baconian method. Sixth is Bacon’s History of the Reign of King Henry VII, his only completed work of history, charting the reign of the first Tudor monarch who took the throne from his rival Richard III in 1485, during the War of the Roses. Additionally bound is a late 17th century edition of Bacon’s Wisdom of the Ancients, in which he claims to unveil the hidden meanings and teachings behind ancient Greek fables, though more in a jesting fashion. Seventh is Bacon’s History of Life and Death, a treatise on medicine, with observations natural and experimental for the prolonging of life. Eight is his Natural and Experimental History of Winds. This work goes in length on the winds, with historical accounts and facts, and taking their effects upon the seas into consideration. Last, is a first Elzevier edition of Bacon’s Papers in Natural and Universal Philosophy, being a collection of minor works, pamphlets and Latin fragments found among his papers.
There are several points of interest regarding the non-Elzevier published titles, first being that Joannem Ravesteinium serves as a pseudonym for the House of Elzevier, effectively making them the same publication source. As for Officina Wetsteniana, the history behind that book publishing house is tightly bound to the Elzevier firm as well. Between 1669 to 1676, Wetsteniana founder Hendrik Wetstein was apprenticed to bookseller and current head of the Elzevier house, Daniel Elzevier. It was later in 1681 that Hendrik bought part of the existing stock of the House of Elzevier as well.
11 works finely bound into volumes in 32mo, (32)+549+(37)+86; (20)+607+(69); 287; 328+(3), 287; (24)+404; 302+(4), 117+(2); 201+(44); (16)+232+(14); (12)+495 pages
On note of condition, these volumes are in very good to good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding, notably to volume V, with some chipping and stress to the spine and joints. There is chipping to volume IX’s headcap. The front endpaper to volume 6 is detached There is very little foxing or staining throughout all 9 volumes.