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BACON, FRANCIS. Sylva Sylvarum: or, A Natural History. In Ten Centuries. Wherevnto is Newly Added the History Naturall and Experimentall of Life and Death, or of the Prolongation of Life. Both Written by the Right Honourable Francis Lo. Verulam Viscount St. Alban. Published after the Authors Death, By William Ravvley Doctor in Divinity one of his Majesties Chaplains. Hereunto is now added and Alphabetical Table of the Principall thing contained in the ten Centuries. The Seventh Edition. London, Printed for William Lee, and are to be sold by Thomas Williams at the Bible in Little-Britain, and William Place at Grays-Inne Gate in Holburn, 1658. Small folio, 19.7 x 29.8 x 3cm. $975.00
Bacon, Francis, Viscount St Albans (1561-1626) "British philosopher, statesman and early advocate of the scientific method. He was also an important essayist. Successively attorney-general, lord keeper and lord chancellor, he was forced to resign his offices in 1621 when found guilty of corruption. None of this interrupted his efforts to break the hold of Aristotelian logic and establish an inductive empiricism."--"Bacon, Francis, Viscount St Albans." World Encyclopedia. 2005. Encyclopedia.com. 26 Jan. 2015
"During his last years Bacon composed his utopia, the New Atlantis, and a natural historical work entitled Sylva sylvarum, meaning a collection of collections, a miscellany of subjects. It is a vast compilation of one thousand paragraphs consisting of extracts from many books and Bacon's own experiments and observations. The New Atlantis is a description of an island society and its scientific community: Salomon's House. In it Bacon developed ideas which he had outlined thirty years earlier in the early 1590s. The aim of the Salomon's House was nothing less than `the knowledge of Causes, and secret motions of things; and the enlarging of the bounds of Human Empire, to the effecting of all things possible' (Works, 3.156).... The Sylva sylvarum and the New Atlantis were posthumously published in the same volume in 1626."--Markku Peltonen, `Bacon, Francis, Viscount St Alban (1561-1626)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2007 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/990, accessed 26 Jan 2015]
Examples of the 1000 experiments in Sylva Sylvarum: Of Separations of Bodies Liquid by weight; Of Magnitude, Exility, and Damps of Sounds; Of Infectious Diseases; Of Exercise of the Bodie, And the Benefits, or Evils thereof; Of Clarification of Liquours, and the Accelerating thereof; Of Accelerating or Hastening forward Germination; Of Making Herbs and Fruits Medicinable; Of the different Heats of Fire and Boyling Water; Of the Hiccouchs; Of the Insecta, or Creatures bred of Putrefaction; Of Sweat; Of some Prognosticks of Hard Winters; Of certain Medicines that condense and relieve the Spirits; of the Causes of Apetite in the Stomach; Of the Super-Reflexion of Eccho's; Of Maleficiating; etc.
Bound early calf boards with three fillets in blind around edges, sometime rebacked in the last 20 years in leather with raised bands, recornered, original leather scuffed with some chips & cracks at edges, early 20th century endpapers pasted over earlier endpapers and on the front cover and old piece of paper with a bookplate cut out pasted over the newer endpaper, archival handmade paper sometime pasted over inside hinges, worm damage in pp209-216 affecting 3 to 4 letters on each page, light foxing.
There is an engraved portrait of Bacon facing an engraved title depicting the "Mundus Intellectualis." The engraved title is dated 1651 with the imprint: London Printed for W.Lee and are to be sould at the Great Turks head next to the Mytre Tauerne in Fleetstreet. Engr. title signed: "Tho: Cecill Sculp:" Printed title printed within double rules. Woodcut initials and headpieces.
Collation: frontipiece leaf facing title, engraved title page, A4, (a)4, B-T6, V-Y4; A-B2, C-K4; A4, b-e4. Pagination: (1) printed title, (1) blank, (2) dedication to Prince Charles, (3) To the Reader, (7) Table of Experiments, (2) Books printed for William Lee, 1-218 text, (1) table of chief matters (index), (1) blank, (1) Receipt for the Gout, (1) blank; (1) title: Hist. Life & Death, (1) blank, (1) to the reader, (1) To the present Age, (3) preface, 1-64; (1) half-title New Atlantis, (1) blank, (1) To the Reader, (1) blank, 1-36 (p. 35 misnumbered 21). Second title page reads: History Natural and Experimental of Life and Death. or Of the Prolongation of Life. Written in Latine by the Right Honourable Francis Lord Verulam, Vis-Count Saint Alban. London, Printed for William Lee, and Humphrey Moseley, and are to be sold at their Shops. 1658. There is a divisional title for New Atlantis, without imprint. Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), B328. ESTC Citation No. R27204.
Title: Sylva Sylvarum: or, A Natural History. In Ten Centuries. Wherevnto is Newly Added the History Naturall and Experimentall of Life and Death, or of the Prolongation of Life.
Edition: 7th Edition
Publisher: Francis Bacon: Sylva Sylvarum, 7th Edition, London, 1658: 1648
Binding: Early leather, rebacked w/ raised bands
Book Condition: Bound early calf boards with three fillets in blind around edges, sometime rebacked in the last 20 years in leather with raised bands, recornered, original leather scuffed with some chips & cracks at edges, early 20th century endpapers pasted over earlier endpapers and on the front cover and old piece of paper with a bookplate cut out pasted over the newer endpaper, archival handmade paper sometime pasted over inside hinges, worm damage in pp209-216 affecting 3 to 4 letters on each page, light foxing.
Size: Small folio, 19.7 x 29.8 x 3cm.
Weight: 2.00 Item
Book Number: 17830
Keywords: Natural History, Biology, Horticulture, Longevity, Medicine, Utopias, 17th Century Books, Leather Bindings, Science