Essaies. Religious Meditations. Places of Perswasion and Disswasion. Seene and Allowed
Woodcut headpiece and printer's ornaments on title, section title for "Of the Colours" with woodcut head- and tail
by Bacon, Francis
London: [John Windet] for Humfrey Hooper, 1598. Third edition. Woodcut headpiece and printer's ornaments on title, section title for "Of the Colours" with woodcut head- and tailpiece, woodcut initials. [iii], 49 ff. Collation: A-D^12 E^6 (E5, E6 blank, -E6). 12mo. Modern full polished calf, red morocco spine labels. Title-page strengthened at gutter, lower corner of A2 & C1 torn away without loss, light foxing throughout, faint manuscript annotations from an early reader on verso of title and final Dedicatory page. Third edition. Woodcut headpiece and printer's ornaments on title, section title for "Of the Colours" with woodcut head- and tailpiece, woodcut initials. [iii], 49 ff. Collation: A-D^12 E^6 (E5, E6 blank, -E6). 12mo. The Third Edition of Bacon's Essayes. [Bound with:] [BACON], Francis. Apophthegmes New and Old. London: Printed by [John Haviland] for Hanna Barret, and Richard Whittaker, 1625. [ii], 307,  pp. Collation: A^2 B-V^8 X^2. Light foxing and browning. ESTC S113684 (14 copies); Gibson 157.The third edition of the Essayes of statesman and philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626), the first to contain the Meditations in English, and bound here with the first edition of Apophthegmes. This is the only copy of the 1598 Essayes that we can trace it auction. It was purchased by Robert S Pirie for £27,500 at Sotheby's in 2012, having been consigned as part of a group of 22 lots deaccessioned from the Law Society of England and Wales. The first and second editions, both dated 1597, are known in only a handful of copies each. Only three other copies of Apophthegmes have appeared at auction since 1967.The Essayes, which went into numerous editions in the author's lifetime and eventually expanded from the 10 essays printed here 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. ESTC S122382 (12 copies); Gibson 3; Pforzheimer 27. Provenance: Jonathan Brundrett, Esq. (presentation inscriptions on flyleaf of each title, presented to); The Incorporated Law Society, London (stamp on front flyleaf and title, recto and verso, of Essaies, verso of title, B1r, and X2v of Apophthegmes, library sticker and withdraw stamps on rear pastedown, with date stamp 22 April 1952); Sotheby's London, 12 December 2012, lot 2, £27,500); Robert S Pirie (bookplate, purchased at foregoing sale through Maggs)
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