The Two Bookes of Sr Francis Bacon, Of The Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Hvmane. To the King
Oxford: Printed by I.L. Printer to the Vniversity, for Thomas Huggins, 1633, 1633. Third Edition.
1633, Quarto, 675 x 48 inches Third edition A-Z4, Aa-Tt4 The title page of this copy is browned around the edge and chipped The following few leaves are a little brittle around the edge as well Internally the book is in good contemporary condition Binding rubbed armorial bookplate on first pastedown, This copy is bound later calf.
¶ Bacon  set himself down to work on his philosophy, that scheme for men's education which had been in his mind so long Planning now in earnest and committing his plans to paper, Bacon called this first book the Advancement of Learning  Bacon wrote out a preliminary brief statement,  'The Interpretation of Nature, or the Kingdom of Man' Nature, to Bacon, was man's true kingdom, neglected for centuries by churchmen who looked for a kingdom in heaven, or by scholiasts who despised the world about them and the evidence of their senses Yet in order to attain this new kingdom of nature, men must draw fresh maps of exploration 'Those who aspire not to guess and divine,' wrote Bacon, 'but to discover and to know who propose to examine and dissect the nature of this very world itself, go to facts themselves for everything'" (quoted from Francis Bacon The Temper of a Man, Catherine Drinker Bowen, page 105)