The Works of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Alban, and Lord High Chancellor of England - Sir Francis Bacon, Thomas Birch (editor) 1765 - A. Millar [vol.III: A. Millar and J. and R. Tonson], London - Collected Edition A scarce complete five quarto volume set of Bacon’s works, volumes I-III in English with Mallet’s ‘Life of Francis Bacon’ and volume III containing Birch’s second enlarged edition of ‘Letters, Characters, Speeches....’, volumes III-IV in Latin.

'One of the major political figures of his time, Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) served in the court of Elizabeth I and ultimately became Lord Chancellor under James I in 1617. A scholar, wit, lawyer and statesman, he wrote widely on politics, philosophy and science - declaring early in his career that 'I
have taken all knowledge as my province'.’

Bacon’s argument that the sciences should move away from divine philosophy and embrace empirical observation would forever change the way philosophers and natural scientists interpret their world.

In contemporary bindings, volumes I-IV with engraved frontispieces, all volumes with title pages lettered in red and black and with engraved vignettes. Two folding letterpress charts of ‘
The General Distribution of Human Knowledge’ (Volume I p42, and its Latin counterpart in Volume IV, p54).
  Sir Francis Bacon’s ‘insistence on making science experimental and factual, rather than speculative and philosophical, had powerful consequences. He saw clearly the limitations of Aristotelian and scholastic methods". Bacon's influence on Locke and through him on subsequent English schools of psychology and ethics was profound. Leibniz, Huygens and particularly Robert Boyle were deeply indebted to him, as were the Encyclopedistes and Voltaire.’ – Printing and the Mind of Man.

On Bacon’s
Essays Civil and Moral (volume I) - His most famous work, in which he considers a diverse range of subjects, such as death and marriage, ambition and atheism, in prose that is vibrant and rich in Renaissance learning. Bacon believed that rhetoric - the force of eloquence and persuasion - could lead the mind to the pure light of reason, and his own rhetorical genius is nowhere better expressed than in these vivid essays'. ‘Bacon’s education was grounded in the classical texts of ancient Greece and Rome, but he brought vividness and colour to the arid scholasticism of medieval book-learning. Whatever their subject, whether it is something as personal as ‘Friendship’ or as abstract as ‘Truth’, the essays combine a mixture of rhetoric and philosophy; and are perhaps the most complete and rounded examples of Bacon’s literary style.’ [from the Penguin Classics edition]

References:
Printing and the Mind of Man, 119. One of 500 sets. ESTC T88309.

Five large quarto volumes (binding size 30.2x23.5cm), pp. [2 (title, blank)] [2 (dedication, blank)] [2 (
Advertisement)] [5 (Contents)] [1] xlii (The Life of the Lord Chancellor Bacon) [2] 1-131 [1] [2 (half title, blank)] 575 [3]; [2 (title, blank)] [3 (Contents)] [1] 658 [2]; [2 (title, blank)] [9 (Contents)] [1] vi 7-681 [1] [76 (Index to the First, Second, and Third Volumes)]; xx [2] 529 [1]; [2] vii [1] 604. Additional chapter title pages not included in pagination, as published.

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Contents
Volume I
i. The Life of Francis Bacon. Lord High Chancellor of England.
1. The Two Books of The Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Human.
134. Sylva Sylvarum : or, A Natural History in Ten Centuries
345. New Atlantis. A Work unfinished
370. Mr. Bacon. In Praise of Knowledge.
372. Valerius Terminus of the Interpretation of Nature: With the annotations of Hermes Stella
395. Filum Labyrinthi, sive Formula Inquisitionis. Ad Filios.
401. Sequela Chartarum: sive Inquisitio Legitima de Calore et Frigore
407. Physiological Remains.
425. Medical Remains.
435. A Fragment of the Colours of Good and Evil.
447. Essays Civil and Moral.
529. A Collection of Apophthegms New and Old.
566. Ornament Rationalia: or, Elegant Sentences (with Short Notes for Civil Conversation).
572. An Essay on Death.

Volume II.
Works Political
3. State of Europe.
14. In Praise of Q. Elizabeth.
24. Observations on Libel
61. Report of the Detestable Treason intended by Doctor Roger Lopez
71. The Proceedings of the Earl of Essex.
Various Speeches in Parliament including - The Motion of Subsidy; Proclamations for His Majesty’s first coming in; Touching Purveyors; The Union of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland; The Plantations in Ireland; The Spanish Grievances; Penal Laws; Grievances; Wards and Tenures; The King’s Messages; The King’s right of imposition on merchandises imported and exported; Scarcity of Silver at the Mint.
257. How to govern himself [Sir George Villiers] in the station of Prime Minister.
280. Holy War.
299. War with Spain.
Law Tracts
325. Elements of the Common Laws of England
448. The Arguments in Law of Sir Francis Bacon the King’s Solicitor General in Certain Great and Difficult Cases

Volume III.
Works Historical
7. King Henry VII.
115. King Henry VIII.
116. Beginning of the History of Greta Britain.
Theological Works
121. A Confession of Faith.
126. Prayers or Psalms.
130. Christian Paradoxes.
133. Church Controversies.
147. Pacification of the Church.
163. Translation of Psalms.
Letters
175-420 - Various letters
421.
Letters, Characters, Speeches, Charges, Advices, &c. of Francis Bacon - by Thomas Birch - The Second Edition with Additions.
With a dedication and preface by Thomas Birch, Chaplain to her Royal Highness the Princess Amelia and Secretary of the Royal Society.
677. The Last Will of Francis Bacon.
Index to the First, Second, and Third Volumes (76 pages).

Volume IV.
Opera Philosophica - Instaurationis magnae. Pars I-IV.

Volume V.
Opera Philosophica.
Opera Philosophica - Instaurationis magnae. Pars V.
Opuscula Philosophica.
Opera Civilia et Moralia.
Epistolae.

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  Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked to style with tan calf spines, ruled in blind and decorated in gilt, twin burgundy and brown morocco title labels lettered in gilt, all edges trimmed leaving good wide margins.   Condition: Very good set, some small areas of worming, light scattered foxing to final pages, in near fine contemporary bindings rebacked to style.   Ref: 110114   Price: HK$ 28,000