Bacon, Sir Francis, Lord Verulam, Viscount St. Alban (1561-1626)
THE ESSAYS, or Counsels, Civil and Moral .. With a Table of the Colours of Good and Evil. And a Discoure of the Wisdom of the ANCIENTS. To this Edition is added the Character of Queen ELIZABETH; never before Printed in English.
H. Heringman, R. Scot, R. Chiswell, A. Swalle and R. Bentley
Small octavo newer half plum roan with green spine label gilt rules and florettes to spine, marbled boards.) Titlepage +pp dedication +pp Elogies by Ben. Johnson & Cowley +167pp +pp Table; half title to "Colour of Good & Evil" +pp prelims +21pp +p blank; Title to "Wisdom of the Ancients" translated by Sir Arthur Gorges +pp Preface +pp17-98 (but signature O8 preceding P17 is wrongly numbered 1 cf. Cambridge copy); "Character of Queen Elizabeth" pp99-114, 117-123 (pagination jump but text & collation continuous) +p blank +pp tables & booklist. Lacks final advert leaf. Newer endpapers with one old (with worm track) reinserted on a stub preceding the main title page. Printing fault on p17 of Wisdom from crease leaving 3mm white diagonal space with text shifted to right but quite readable. Some quite heavy paper browning and foxing but the pages are still strong and tightly bound. *A Good copy of these works by the Lord High-Chancellor of England and the first to include the English biography and glories of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. There are at least 5 different imprints of this edition, all "undoubtably issued simultaneously" (Gibson 270). This seems to be Wing B296/Gibson 27c.
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