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[BACON], Francis Lo. Verulam.
Sylva Sylvarvm: Or, A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. Written by the Right Honourable FRANCIS Lo. Verulam Viscount St. Alban. Published after the Author's death By WILLIAM RAWLEY Doctor of Divinity, his Maiesties Chaplaine.

pp. (x), 258, (viii) A Table of the Experiments, (iv), 46, 43-44 Magnalia Natvrae. New Atlantis. A Worke vnfinished. With additional engraved title, lacking the portrait. An extra printed leaf taken from the sixth edition of 1651 - 'His Lops. Vsuall Receipt for the Gout, to which the Sixtieth Experiment hath reference.........' is loosely added. [D3 page 35 is misprinted page 13]. Contemporary calf with an old rebacking, the spine beginning to crack at the ends, first two leaves slightly shaved at the margins and with some old ink spots, the final five leaves with a slight damage to the fore-edge margin with loss not affecting the text, faint browning of the paper margins, a good copy overall.

*FREEMAN BNHB #143; JOHN CAREY Faber Book of Utopias, pp. 63-64 : 'New Atlantis (1627), the first science-fiction novel, is set on a Pacific island, Bensalem, where scientific research is, as in our modern world, the major intellectual enterprise. To allay fears, already current in the seventeenth century, that science would make people godless and ungovernable, Bacon presents his Bensalemites as exemplary citizens......... Bacon also anticipates the results (though not the means) of genetic engineering ......... [Viz. listed in Magnalia Natvrae - Making of New Species; Transplanting of one Species into another].' And prescient for our times : 'Therefore amongst his other Fundamentall Lawes of this Kingdome, he did ordaine the Interdicts and Prohibitions, which we hauve touching Entrance of Strangers; which at that time (though it was after the Calamity of America) was frequent; Doubting Nouelties, and Commixture of Manners. It is true, the like Law, against the Admission of Strangers without License, is an Ancient Law, in the Kingdome of China, and yet contained in use ......'.

Printed by J. H. for William Lee at the Turkes Head in Fleet-street, next to the Miter.

Date Published: 1631. The third Edition. Folio in sixes.

Stock No. 63473

Price: 600.00