First English Edition
BACON, Roger. Cure of Old Age, and Preservation of Youth. By Roger Bacon, a Franciscan frier. Translated out of Latin; with annotations, and an account of his life and writings. By Richard Browne, M.L. Coll. Med. Lond. Also a physical account of the tree of life, by Edw. Madeira Arrais. Translated likewise out of Latin by the same hand. London: Printed for Tho. Flesher , 1683.
First English Edition. The Duveen-Crahan copy. Two parts in one octavo volume (6 1/4 x 3 7/8 inches; 160 x 100 mm). With a general title-page and separate titles for each work. [40], 156; [6], 108, [7 Contents], [1, blank] pp. Bound without the rare ad leaf.

Twentieth-century full black morocco by Crahan. Spine lettered and stamped in gilt. Red coated endpapers. Top margin trimmed close, occasionally affecting the headline. A minor abrasion to back board. Otherwise a very good copy.

Provenance: Denis Duveen; Marcus and Elizabeth Crahan, Fox Pointe Collection. With all three previous owner's bookplates on front free endpapers.

This work by Bacon is a translation of his "De retardandis senectutis accidentibus" which was first published in 1590.

"Both works were translated from the Latin by the physician and author Richard Browne, who has supplied a life of Bacon and copious annotations to the first work, a collection of recipes and diet rules to prolong youth. Edward Madeira Arrais is identified as physician to John IV, King of Portugal." (Howell)

"...a curious work... containing many strange recipes and rules of diet to keep young"(Duveen, page 38). Added to this is a tract by the Portuguese physician Duarte Madeiro Arraiz on the Tree of Life from the Garden of Eden, which was known for being capable of giving eternal life.

Duveen, 38. Wing B372. ESTC R30749.

HBS # 68588 $1,650

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