Francis Bacon. The Elements of The Common Lawes of England. London: 1639.

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    Francis Bacon. The Elements Of The Common Lawes Of England. Branched into a double Tract; The One Containing a Collection of some principall Rules and Maximes of the Common Law, with their Latitude and Extant...The Other The Use of the Common Law, for preservation of our Persons, Goods, and good Names. London: [R. Young for] Assigns of John More, 1639.

    Quarto. [20], 44, 49-94, [8], 72 pages. Decorative woodcut head-pieces and initials. Bound in full calf with blind rules on boards, gilt lettered leather title label and short blind rules on spine. Binding rubbed, boards scored with some partial repairs and bowed. Ink annotations on front endpapers. First seventy pages with indentations from biopredation in the lower outer corners, some, including the first title page, with edge tears and minor paper losses in margins, not affecting text. Pages browning. Edge wear, creases, and corner bends. Very good.


    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), famed statesman and Lord Chancellor, was the founder of a new scientific method in which experiment and facts were to carry greater weight than speculation and philosophy.  Espousing such, he bore not a little influence upon Locke, Leibniz, Huygens, Robert Boyle, Voltaire, and others.


    "This is a very profound Treatise on the subject of Uses, and has been highly esteemed by the profession...The Elements of the Common Law was one of the earliest, if not the first, published collections of Maxims of the English Law." -Marvin.


    "Though some great masters of the law did out-go him in bulk and particularities of cases: yet, in the science of the grounds and mysteries of the law, he was exceeded by none." -Blackstone.


    STC 1136. ESTC s100352. Gibson 195. Sweet & Maxwell I, 237: 3&4. Marvin 83.


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