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BACON, Francis
Of the Advancement and Proficiencie of Learning: or the Partitions of Sciences. Nine Books. Written in Latin by... Interpreted by Gilbert Wats
London: Printed for Thomas Williams, 1674. Small folio, (xxxii), 38, (14), 322, (20) pp, lacking the final blank leaf. Frontispiece portrait, laid down with a small piece lost from the outer edge, slightly later inscription to the top of the title page, armorial bookplate of Granville C. Cuningham, author of two books on Bacon, to paste down and noted as having been transferred from the previous binding, a more recent bookplate to the fly leaf. 20th century half roan, marbled sides, maroon spine label. "'The Advancement of Learning' was divided into two books. The first was an eloquent and powerful defence of the importance of learning to every field of life... The much longer and more important second book was a general survey of the contemporary state of human knowledge, identifying its deficiencies and supplying Bacon's broad suggestions for improvement. The book's real importance was not so much its encyclopaedic character but rather its professed aim of propagating the Baconian ideas of the advancement of learning and knowledge, and of the practical means of accomplishing it" (ODNB). Gibson 142. Wing B312. Originally published as "The Twoo Bookes of Francis Bacon..." in 1605, with a number of editions in both English and Latin appearing subsequently.
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