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BACON, Francis, Viscount St. Albans (1561--1626)
[Essays. 1701]
The essays, or councils, civil and moral, of Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam, Viscount of St. Alban. With a table of the colours of good and evil; and a discourse of the wisdom of the ancients. To this edition is added the character of Queen Elizabeth, never before printed in English.
London: printed by E. Holt for Sam. Smith, and Benj. Walford, 1701.
[8], 167, [9], 21, [11], 17--98, [2], 99--114 p.; 19.5 cm. (8º)

The 'Table of the Colours' has separate pagination and a half title on leaf M5v; the register is continuous. 'The Wisdom Of The Ancients. ... done into English by Sir Arthur Gorges, ...' has special title-page dated 1701. The contents leaf often found at the end was printed as U2 and properly belongs there, following p. 98 as in the present copy. Other issues were printed for various booksellers; the general title-page being partially reset to accommodate the differing imprints. Soane paraphrased a passage from Bacon's Essays in his tenth Lecture (see Watkin, Soane, p. 624). ESTC t129859.

Copy Notes Inscriptions in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane, and in a different hand F.C. Greenland / 2s/6d. Front pastedown with former library mark 39.

Binding C18th calf, gilt double-ruled borders with gilt-tooled cornerpieces, gilt-tooled spine compartments, black morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 504


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