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    Francis Bacon's Initial Work on the Scientific Method

    [Sir] Francis Bacon. The Twoo Bookes of Francis Bacon. Of the proficience and advancement of Learning, divine and humane. London: Printed [by Thomas Purfoot and Thomas Creede] for Henrie Tomes, and are to be sould at his shop at Graies Inne Gate in Holborne, 1605.

    First edition. Small quarto (170 x 125 mm.). Without the two added leaves of errata found in a few copies.

    Eighteenth-century calf, recently rebacked to style, with spine ruled in gilt with five raised bands, with red and black morocco labels ruled and lettered in gilt, and with date in gilt at the foot. Covers with gilt triple fillet border, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Modest wear to the edges of the boards, some crazing to leather. Small professional repair to the imprint on the title-page. A few small, trivial worm holes. Armorial bookplate on the front pastedown. Old ink annotations throughout, more interesting than detrimental. In general, a quite nice copy.

    "Bacon's major contribution to the development of science lies in his natural philosophy, his philosophy of scientific method, and in his projects for the practical organization of science. During the last years of his life, he expounded these ideas in a series of works, of which the Twoo bookes was the first. The only work Bacon ever published in English, it was later expanded and latinized into De augmentis scientiarum (1623). In the Twoo bookes, Bacon concerned himself primarily with the classification of philosophy and the sciences and with developing his influential view of the relation between science and theology. While preserving the traditional distinction between knowledge obtained by divine revelation and knowledge acquired through the senses, Bacon saw both theoretical and applied science as religious duties, the first for a greater knowledge of God through his creation, and the second for the practice of charity to one's fellows by improving their condition. This view of science as a religious function maintained its authority throughout the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and was an important factor in the public success of the scientific movement" (Norman Library).

    ESTC S100507. Gibson 81. Grolier/Horblit 8a. Norman Library 97. Pforzheimer 36. STC 1164.


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