London: Exculum typis Edwardi Griffini .... 1638. ,176,179-386,,475,pp. (with occasional misnumbering as per Gibson). Large quarto. Contemporary gilt armorial calf, rebacked and recornered to style at some point in the 20th century, with the original label (chipped) laid down. Lacks the portrait frontis, marginal repairs and discolorations to title leaf and terminal leaf (not affecting text, and with a long closed tear in lower margin of title repaired), intermittent faint old marginal tide-marks, occasional marginal smudging and soiling, early ink name and shelf designation on endsheet, the latter repeated on title; otherwise, a good, sound, and reasonably tall (32.5 cm) copy. Item #WRCLIT65585
First collected edition of Bacon's Latin works, and the first issue, prior to the inclusion of unsold sheets from the 1620 NOVUM ORGANUM and the alteration of the title- page to include it. The edition was overseen by William Rawley, Bacon's secretary and chaplain. Although the register is continuous, the major constituent works were equipped with full title leaves, some of them bearing the imprint of John Haviland. GIBSON 196. STC 1109. ESTC S106899.