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Bacon, Lord Verlulam Viscount St. Alban, The Right Honourable Francis
THE HISTORIE OF THE RAIGNE OF KING HENRY The Seuenth.
London Printed by W. Stansby for Matthew Lownes and William Barret, 1622. 1st Ed? Sm. folio. A4 + 248pp. Copper plate port. frontis., intricate wood cut architectural t.p., text within border throughout, historiated initial letters and dec. headpieces. [Lacking first blank], prelims. lightly stained, lightly browned, minor worming to lower margin of leaves, rebound in modern period style calf, bind tooling to edges of boards, light scratching to boards, gilt lettering and blind motifs to spine. ESTC S1406 Signatures: [A]4 B-2I4. The first leaf is blank. The portrait is signed: Iohn Payne sculpsit. In this edition page 3 line 12 has "Souldiers"; all seven errata are uncorrected. Sheets may be mixed with STC 1160.Gibson 116a & 116b ‘. no certain means of determining their priority.’‘. In his last appeal for James's help during the impeachment trial on 21 April Bacon had mentioned that if time permitted he would 'present your Majesty with a good history of England, and a better digest of your laws' (Works, 14.242). In June he set himself to writing [above work] He wrote with breathtaking speed, presenting the manuscript to the king early in October. The work was dedicated to Prince Charles and published in March 1622. It should be seen in the context of humanist historiography rather than as a precursor of its modern methods. Bacon was keenly interested in the conventional topics of virtue and fortune, but was unconventional in placing a much stronger emphasis on fortune than virtue. The central lesson of The History of Henry VII was that a ruler must remain open to accident a … [Click Below for Full Description]
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