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    "The Fruit of His First Few Months of Leisure"

    [Francis Bacon]. The Historie of the Raigne of King Henry the Seventh. Written by the Right Honourable, Francis, Lord Verulam, Viscount St. Alban. London: W. Stansby, 1622.

    First edition. Small folio. 248 pages. Frontispiece. Decorated title page.

    Full early mottled calf over boards. Morocco title label to spine with gilt lettering.

    After being removed from the position of Lord Chancellor, Francis Bacon turned more seriously to his literary concerns. Or, as James Spedding puts it, in the introductory chapter of the Works of Francis Bacon: "The history of the reign of King Henry the Seventh was the first work composed by Bacon after his fall; the fruit of his first few months of leisure."

    ESTC, S122252. STC, 1160. The Works of Francis Bacon, edited by James Spedding, XI, 13.


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