The works of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Alban, Lord High Chancellor of England 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 [4 volumes]

The works of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Alban, Lord High Chancellor of England 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 [4 volumes]

London: A. Millar, 1740. Fronstispiece in Each Volume. First Edition. Full Leather. Folio - between 12" - 15" Tall. Very Good. Item #00547633

First complete edition, with a fair amount of new material (plus Mallet's "Life") being published for the first time in this set. 4 volumes, complete as issued in matching period full brown polished calf, spines expertly and unobtrusively rebacked in brown calf, spines with six raised bands, red morocco labels, and gilt-ruled compartments; covers bordered with twin gilt rules, edges speckled red (boards have some old staining and wear; cracking to joints; some minor marginal dampstaining in parts; some marginal worming at rear of Vol. II). PROVENANCE: I) Ink signature in three of the four volumes of "Sam Medley, 1740". II) Engraved bookplate in each volume bearing the monogram G.O. flanked by olive branches with a crown above"L'Olivette", engraved by Silvain Guillot, Paris; III) Library ink stamps in each volume of Byrant and Mildred Dunn. Engraved vignette on t.p. (v. 1-4) is signed: "H. Gravelot inv. et sculpsit"; frontispiece portrait of Bacon (v. 1) is unsigned; frontispiece to v. 3 signed: "W(enceslaus). Hollar fecit"; frontispiece to v. 4 signed: "G. Vertue sculp." Notes: Title vignettes. Each volume has special t.p., printed in red & black. Vol. 3 has imprint: London, J. Walthoe [etc.]. Description: 4 volumes frontispieces (volumes 1: portrait) 33 cm Contents: v. 1. The life of Francis Bacon. Instaurationis magnae, pars 1-2. Appendix, containing several pieces of Lord Bacon.- v. 2. Instaurationism magnae, pars 3-5. Opera civilia et moralia. Epistolae. Philosophical works: Of the advancement of learning. Miscellany.- v. 3. Other philosophical works. Works moral. Writings historical. Works political.- v. 4. Law tracts. Speeches, charges, advices, etc. Theological works. Letters. With a list of subscribers in vol. 1. The ornaments are those used by Henry Woodfall. David Mallet's 'Life of Francis Bacon' was reissued as a separate publication in 1760.

Price: $850.00

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