One Of The Earliest Philosophical Works Published In English Bacon, Francis
BACON, Sir Francis. Twoo Bookes of Francis Bacon. Of the proficience and advancement of Learning, divine and humane. London: Printed for Henrie Tomes , 1605.
First edition. Quarto (pgs. 183 x 140 mm): [Title], 1-45; 1-118; with the typical erratic page numberings. With the final blank; without the 2 leaves of errata found in a very few copies and probably of later issue. Owing to misimposition, text in Dd is printed on the wrong versos (two leaves in Dd slightly shorter). Contemporary limp vellum (modern spine lettering); modern half brown morocco slipcase. An exceptional, fine copy with a distinguished provenance. Provenance: Ellesmere Library at Bridgewater House (armorial bookplate; bulk of the library acquired en bloc in 1917 by:) -- Henry E. Huntington (Huntington Library duplicate stamp at end).

A precursor to Bacon's masterwork the Instauratio Magna, this book focuses primarily on the classification of philosophy and the sciences. Implicit in the work is the use of the Baconian method, that later becomes the Scientific method as more fully developed in the Instauratio. Because it was first published in English and later translated into Latin, it is considered one of the earliest philosophical works in English. A foundational work of Western thought.

Gibson 81. Grolier/Horblit 8a. Norman Library 97. Pforzheimer 36. STC 1164.

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