Essaies. Religious Meditations. Places of Perswasion and Disswasion. Seene and Allowed
Woodcut headpiece and printer's ornaments on title and "Of the Colours" section title, woodcut initials.  pp.
by Bacon, Francis
London: [William Jaggard] for John Jaggard, 1612. Second Jaggard edition, second issue with G7,8 canceled with addition of signatures H-O. Woodcut headpiece and printer's ornaments on title and "Of the Colours" section title, woodcut initials.  pp. Collation: A-F^8 G^8 (-G7,8) H-O^8. Small 8vo. Nineteenth century full blue morocco, covers gilt with dentelle border, smooth spine lettered in gilt, a.e.g. Light wear to extremities, small waterstains to covers. Second Jaggard edition, second issue with G7,8 canceled with addition of signatures H-O. Woodcut headpiece and printer's ornaments on title and "Of the Colours" section title, woodcut initials.  pp. Collation: A-F^8 G^8 (-G7,8) H-O^8. Small 8vo. Huth-Pirie Copy of the 1612 Jaggard Printing of Bacon's Essayes. The second Jaggard edition of the Essayes of statesman and philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626). Jaggard used his 1606 edition of the Essayes, which contained the original 10 essays of the first edition, as a model for this 1612 printing. When a new edition by Beale, expanded from 10 to 38 essays, appeared in 1612, Jaggard canceled the final two leaves (G7,8) and expanded the work to include the full compliment of essays.Jaggard made no entry of this or his 1606 and 1613 editions of the Essayes in the Stationers' Register, and so it has been customary to regard his editions as piracies. Jackson gently disputes this notion in the note to Pforzheimer 29, suggesting that a later transfer of rights to Jaggard's widow in 1624, as well as the silence of Hopper and Beale (who did register their rights with the Stationers' Company), argues for Jaggard having some right to the Essayes. "In some manner, therefore, Jaggard must have himself secured 'rights' which the Stationers' Company regarded as transferable even though not previously entered in the Register" (Pforzheimer). In any case, a rare edition: we trace only this copy at auction.The Essayes, which went into numerous editions in the author's lifetime and eventually expanded from the 10 essays printed in the first edition to 58 in the 1625 edition, treat moral and political topics in "a terse, aphoristic style … which Bacon conceived as a genre setting down discrete observations on life, and aspiring to some kind of objective validity" (ODNB). "In an age of complicated and superficial verbiage, [Bacon] turns the licence of imaginative and allusive expression into an instrument of accurate and chastened thought" (Cambridge History of English and American Literature). The Essayes were originally circulated in manuscript among Bacon's friends - the threat of a pirated edition by Richard Seeger lead to Bacon entrusting the work to Humfrey Hooper for publication in 1597.A fine copy with exceptional provenance. ESTC S100353; Gibson 7; cf. Pforzheimer 28 & 29. Provenance: Henry Huth (black morocco booklabel, Sotheby's, Wilkinson & Hodge, 15 November 1911, lot 389); Robert S Pirie (his bookplate, purchased Seven Gables, 1962)
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