[Featured Lot] Bacon, Francis. De Verulamio, Summi Angliae Cancellarii, Novum Organum Scientiarum. Leyden: Adrian Wijngaerde & Francis Moiardus, 1645. 8vo. *12, A-S12, T2. (24), 435, (1)p. Modern antique calf, title in gilt on red label. Few pencil notes to outer margins, few leaves with small damp stains to outer margins, I2, corner torn, no loss. Engraved title page (two sailing ships between the pillars of Hercules). Second edition. Scarce. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $750

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    "At a time when scholars still relied on classical authority and metaphysical speculation to learn about the world they lived in, Bacon conceived a new means of acquiring true knowledge of the world via observation, experiment and inductive reasoning--that type of logical thinking that ascends from specfic facts to the establishment of general laws and pronciples. Bacon saw this novum organum, or 'new instrument' as the means of bringing about a 'great revolution' (instauratio magna) in thought. Once taught the new experimental method, everyone would be capable of engaging in scientific investigation, unlocking the secrets of nature and applying the results (ideally) for the betterment of humankind. Bacon's vision of science inspired the subsequent foundation of the first scientific academies, and also opened up the question of science's relationshiip with government and society."
    Intended as a six-part work on a new method of investigating the natural world, novum organum, the new instrument or new method, was never completed and only fragments of it were published.
    Scarce second edition, following the London edition of 1620

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