3 March 2004
BACON, Francis (1561-1626). Certaine Miscellany Works. Edited by William Rawley. London: John Haviland for Humphrey Robinson, 1629.
4 parts in one, 4° (210 x 150mm). Blank A1 present as front pastedown, general title, title to each part with flaming heart device, metalcut headpieces, decorative initials. CONTEMPORARY GILT-TOOLED LIMP VELLUM, gilt edges (very minor stains); modern brown half-morocco folding case. Provenance: [Sotheby's, 17 October 1951, lot 748, £16 to R. King] -- purchased from Raphael King, London, 7 July 1953, £50.
FIRST EDITION, and the first appearance in print of three of the four tracts contained herein. The appearance of Considerations touching a warre with Spain in 'a corrupt and surreptitious edition' (see editor's preface) compelled Rawley, Bacon's friend, chaplain, and amanuensis, to publish a correct version of that work, together with others, in order to establish a proper text for Bacon's work. A large, very fresh copy. Gibson 191; STC 1124.
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