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    First Complete English Edition of Bacon's "De Augmentis Scientiarum"

    Sir Francis Bacon. Of the Advancement and Proficience of Learning. Or the Partitions of Science. IX Bookes Written in Latin by the Most Eminent Illustrious & Famous Lord Francis Bacon...Interpreted by Gilbert Wats...Oxford: Printed by Leon: Lichfield, Printer to the University, for Rob: Young...1640. First edition, second issue with the colophon dated 1640, and with second state of verso of p. 2 of dedication, second to last line reads "...bounded", recto of C3 at foot reads "Fama Baconi", and "Marginal Corrections" occupying eight lines (re-set in larger type, but without any addition to text). Quarto. [34], 60, [14], 477, [1, blank], [20] pages. Engraved frontispiece portrait and title-page by W. Marshall. With an engraved vignette head-piece, and numerous engraved initials and head- and tail-pieces throughout the text. Contemporary Cambridge-panelled calf, expertly rebacked with the original spine laid down, red morroco lettering label. Spine with five raised bands ruled in blind, and with blind-stamped devices. Covers a bit scuffed and rubbed, corners with some restoration. Endpapers renewed and front hinge starting. Scattered soiling and foxing, most very minor, but heavier on R2 and R3, and with a tear to the top margin of R3 just touching four lines of text. Still, generally a very good copy. First complete English edition of Bacon's De Augmentis Scientiarum Libri IX. This is the valuable Part I of his philosophical work, Instauratio Magna, which was the basis for the organization of knowledge and Bacon's attempt to found the sciences anew. Gilbert Watts of Oxford "was a good preacher and excellent linguist. Wood says he had 'so smooth a pen in Latin or English that no man of his time exceeded him. ' Watt's translation of Bacon's De Augmentis Scientiarum was highly praised on its appearance in 1640" (DNB). Gibson 141b. Honeyman 185. Madan I, p. 217. STC 1167.

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