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Bacon, Francis
The Two Bookes of Sr Francis Bacon, Of The Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Hvmane To the King
London : Printed [by Nicholas Okes] for William Washington, 1629. Quarto, 7 x 5 inches. Second edition. A-Z4, Aa-Tt4. The title page of this copy has been skillfully mounted. Internally the book is in good contemporary condition. It is bound in full nineteenth century calf. This is a very nice and solid copy of an important book. 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, to go to facts themselves for everything.'" (quoted from Francis Bacon The Temper of a Man, Catherine Drinker Bowen, page 105)
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