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System of education, founded on the principles of Lord Bacon. Prospectus.
[London]:, [1832?].
7, [1] p. ; 33.5 cm. (2°)

Drop-head title. Undated; paper watermarked with the emblem of Britannia 'PM 1829'. The 'Prospectus' quotes Lord Bacon to the effect that he 'projected the establishment of a College ... "in the obscurity of philosophy, which will be seen centuries after I am dead." In the time, foreseen by our illustrious countryman, we are now living, and it is hoped that a plan may be adopted ...' for a system of lectures 'upon all the properties of the mind ...' to be delivered over a period of ten months in rooms rented in Lincoln's Inn Fields. The printed 'Prospectus' is in a state of preparation having afterthoughts inscribed in ink; the names of the proposed lecturers are indicated 'Dr.' only, and there are blank spaces under the headings for 'Patron', 'President' etc. The names of shareholders are listed in ink (in a hand similar to Mr. Montagu's inscription, see copy note below) over the two columns headed 'Names' and 'Number of Shares'. The twenty-one names include I. Lyon Goldsmid, Esq, B. Lumley (whose name is indicated for any 'Application for Shares to be made to Mr. Lumley, 59 (corrected from '56') Lincoln's Inn Fields'), Scrope Ayrton (who later collaborated with Basil Montagu in publications on bankruptcy), W.B. Minet and William Wilkinson. It is curious to see Isaac Lyon Goldsmid associated with a new Baconian project in the immediate aftermath of the establishment of University College London which he had laboured to bring into being.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on blank final page Sir John Soane / With Mr Montagu's Respects. Basil Montagu, better known for his publications on bankruptcy, published An analysis of the Advancement of Learning in 1807, a new edition of Bacon's works in 1825 and other selections of his work, and commentaries.

Binding Folded paper, unstitched.

Reference Number 6097

Additional Names Bacon, Francis, Viscount St.$Albans (1561--1626); Goldsmid, Sir Isaac Lyon (1778--1859); Montagu, Sir Basil (1770--1851); Ayrton, William Scrope (b.$1804)

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