Sylva sylvarum: or, a naturall historie: in ten centuries; . . . hereunto is now added an alphabeticall table of the principall things contained in the whole worke. The fifth edition.
by BACON, Francis (1561-1626); William RAWLEY (ca.1588-1667).
London:: Printed by John Haviland, for William Lee, 1639., 1639. Two parts in one volume. 29 cm. 6to. , 218, , [iv], 43,  pp. With the elaborate engraved title (dated 1631), index; second title ["New Atlantis"] present; LACKS engraved portrait (supplied in facs.). Original full blind-ruled calf; spine disintegrated, remnant of gilt title showing, cloth tape affixed over the spine, front pastedown is original, but ffep and rear endleaves replaced. Ownership signature of W. F. Littleton, Feb. 18: 1865. Very good internally with a binding in need of repair. As is. Fifth edition of Bacon's last work, edited by Rawley. It was published posthumously and first issued in 1626/7. Bacon here summarizes classical writers, including "Aristotle, Pliny, Porta, Cardano, and Sandys. The book is arranged in ten chapters with each containing one hundred paragraphs. The subjects include medicine, botany, physiology, cooking, music, psychology, agriculture, architecture, and asthetics." – Heirs of Hippocrates, 398 [1670 edition]. The second part, New Atlantis, edited by Rawley, is Bacon's controversial work of utopian magic realism and predicting the future. – Bowen, Catherine Drinker, Francis Bacon: The Temper of a Man. Boston: Atlantic; Little, Brown & Co., 1963. "Although unfinished, New Atlantis played a key role in disseminating his views among educational and social reformers of the 1640s and 1650s, as well as the general public. Bacon's most widely reprinted work of natural philosophy was the book to which New Atlantis was appended, his posthumous Sylva sylvarum (1626). This was reprinted no less than twelve times before 1700, and three times overseas in Jacob Gruter's Latin translation." – Hutton. Provenance: Hon. William Francis Littleton (1847-1889), , fourth son of the late Lord Hatherton, and nephew of the Duke of Northumberland, educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. Became Barrister (1872), then Private Secretary at the Cape to Sir Bartle Frere, 1877-80. He died at 41 years of age. REFERENCES: Gibson 175; STC 1173. See: Sarah Hutton, British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century, Oxford University Press, (2015), pp. 101-2. [FULL TITLE: Sylva sylvarum: or, a naturall historie: in ten centuries; written by the Right Honourable Francis Lo., Verulam Viscount St. Alban; published after the authors death, by William Rawley, dodorin divinity, one of his majesties chaplaines; hereunto is now added an alphabeticall table of the principall things contained in the whole worke. The fifth edition.] [FFrye C188]
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