(Philadelphia: A. Hart, 1852). 262 x 178 mm. (10 5/16 x 7"). Three volumes.
Very attractive contemporary light tan half calf over marbled boards, raised bands, spines heavily gilt in latticed compartments, black and brown morocco labels. Front free endpaper with ink ownership inscription of Irving Maury(?) of Auburn, dated April 14, 1853 (with a note that he paid $8 for the set). One volume with small snag at head of spine, extremities with minor rubbing, leather just a bit dry and with small roughened patches in a few places, one page with ink splatter across (but not obscuring) text, other trivial imperfections, but an excellent set, the text very smooth and clean, and the bindings solid and attractive on the shelf.
The American publishers of Bacon's works used the excellent Basil Montagu edition issued in London by Pickering, but excluded the original Latin text, choosing to provide only Montagu's translation. The editing of Bacon was a major achievement in the life of Montagu (1770-1851), a legal and miscellaneous writer and intimate friend of Wordsworth and Coleridge at Cambridge. In addition to prefatory matter and footnotes, Montagu provides in our edition a 117-page biography of the author. Statesman, author, philosopher, and scientist Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) rose to the position of lord chancellor in the reign of James I, but fell from grace in 1621, charged with bribery and corrupt practices. His works include some of the most profound considerations of scientific issues of his day, and his "Essays" have been an abiding contribution to popular thought. (ST15557-11)
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PJP Catalog: RCVF20.007