1625. London: Printed by John Haviland for Hanna Barret, and Richard Whitaker, 1625.
Sm. 4to, 7 1/16 x 5 9/16 ins.,, 340 pp. First leaf is blank. A (a) B-2V 2X . Original vellum, overlapping foredges, signs where the thongs were removed; backstrip lettered in ink. Crown watermark. Title page with signature of Thomas Rode dated 1656. A remarkably good copy in unsophisticated original condition, some inevitable soiling to the vellum and hinges opening but not splitting. Enclosed in a blue quarter morocco slipcase.
§ One of the most important books in the English language, of enduring influence on Western philosophy and ethics, "the distillation of a lifetime’s wisdom by the wisest man of his day" (Winterich, 23 Books, 208). First complete edition and the last printed in the author's lifetime, first issue with the imprint reading "Printed by John Haviland for Hanna Barret, and Richard Whitaker" and with "Newly enlarged" on the title-page. The second issue (Gibson 14) has imprint reading "John Haviland for Hanna Barret" and has "Newly written" on t-p. Some cataloguers call this 1st Collected or 1st Complete edition. STC indicates that this is a new work different from The Essaies... STC (2nd ed.), 1147. Quaritch cat. 436 (1930) #102 noted: "In his dedication Bacon says 'I doe now publish my Essayes; which of all my other workes have been most Currant: For that, as it seems, they come home to Mens Businesse and Bosomes. I have enlarged them, both in Number, and in Weight; so that they are indeed a New Worke.'" Britwell Handlist p. 52. Grolier Club English 100 p. 26. PMM 119. Item #123031