The First Complete Edition of Bacon's Works Bacon, Sir Francis [1561-1626]. Mallet, [David] [1705?-1765]. The Works of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Alban, Lord High Chancellor of England. In Four Volumes. With Several Additional Pieces, Never Before Printed in Any Edition of His Works. To Which is Prefixed, A New Life of the Author, by Mr. Mallet. London: Printed for A. Millar, 1740. Four volumes. Each volume has unique copperplate frontispiece. Title page of Volume I followed by general title page. Volume I has a 4 pp. subscriber list. Folio (12" x 8"). Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spines with raised bands and recent lettering pieces, joints and spine ends reinforced, gilt tooling to board edges, front hinges and rear hinge of Volume I mended, speckled edges. Light rubbing to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities, chip to foot of Volume IV near front joint, corners bumped and somewhat worn, rear hinges of Volumes I-III cracked, crack in Volume I between rear endleaf and rear free endpaper. Title pages, each with copperplate vignette, printed in red and black. Light to moderate toning, light foxing in places. An attractive set. $850. * First edition of the first complete edition of Bacon's works. One of the great intellectuals of his time, Bacon was a leading statesman and jurist who served as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. Also a great philosopher and scientist, his works are credited with the development of the scientific method. Contents: Volume I: The Life of Francis Bacon, Instaurationis Magnae, Pars 1-2, Appendix, Containing Several Pieces of Lord Bacon. Volume II: Instaurationism Magna, Pars 3-5, Opera Civilia et Moralia, Epistolae, Philosophical Works: Of the Advancement of Learning, Miscellany. Volume III: Other Philosophical Works, Works Moral, Writings Historical, Works Political. Volume IV: Law Tracts, Speeches, Charges, Advices, Etc., Theological Works, Letters. English Short-Title Catalogue T52745.
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