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Bacon, Sir Francis
Letters of Sr Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Alban.... Written during the reign of King James the First. Now collected and augmented with several letters and memories, address'd by him to the King and Duke of Buckingham
London: Printed for Benj. Tooke at the Middle-Temple Gate in Fleetstreet. M DCC II [1702]. First Edition. Hardcover. Contemporary calf rebacked with five raised bands on spine and spine lable bearing gilt titles, boards with gilt ruled borders and large gilt armorial to centre of both boards, boards recornered, gilt dentelles, aeg, marbled endpapers with bookplate on both front pastedown and ffep, engraved portrait of Bacon pasted to blank facing title page, internally clean and bright with good wide margins, short closed tear to foredge margin of leaves I4 & L4 not touching text. Lacks the dedication leaf which was canceled due to the death of William III before the publication of this work but does have the final errata and advertisement leaf. This copy from the small paper issue; ESTC N476823., Although best remembered for his contribution to 'natural philosophy', Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was an English statesman and philosopher, who served as both Solicitor General and Lord Chancellor. When James I ascended to the English crown in 1603 Bacon had already served as a Member of Parliament and as 'learned counsel' to Queen Elizabeth I. He prepared for the arrival of the new monarch with the publication of 'A Brief Discourse Touching the Happy Union of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland,' a tract supportive of James' desire to unite the two Kingdoms. Bacon was made Solicitor General in 1607 and thereafter was at or near the heart of James' administration, although high office was risky in a Jacobean administration and Bacon would be impeach … [Click Below for Full Description]
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