Sylva Sylvarum, or a Naturall History in Ten Centuries.

London: 1631. hardcover. Together with: New Atlantis, A Work Unfinished. Written by Francis, Lord Verulam, Viscount St. Alban. Published after the author's death by W. Rawley. Lacks the main title page, but with the extra engraved title page. The engraved portrait of Bacon is mounted inside the front cover. [14], 218, [22]; [4], 43pp. 4to, old boards (well-rubbed and soiled; lacking spine but still firmly sewn). London: Printed by W. Lee, 1631. Possibly the 3rd edition.

The engraved title page, dated 1631, reads "Printed for W. Lee and are to be sould at the Great Turks head next to Mytre Taverne in Fleet Street" and signed "Tho. Cecill, Sculp". There is an un-dated divisional title page for New Atlantis. The "Sylva Sylvarum" is a collection of Bacon's scientific experiments and observations in natural history, which were intended for inclusion in his "Instauratio Magna." The work was edited and published posthumously by his friend William Rawley. The appended "New Atlantis" is one of Bacon's most popular works and has served as inspiration for many scientific organizations. "It ranks among the best knowna nd most pleasant of the Utopian writings." -Bernal 305. An amusing ink inscription on rear of title page, dated 1869, states "Finding this book too stupid, I cannot do better than to offer it to my dear niece."

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