1928 Sir Francis Bacon, The Essayes or Counsels Civill and Morall. Cresset Press


A handsome folio edition of Sir Francis Bacon's Essayes Civill and Morall, published by The Cresset Press and printed at the venerable Shakespeare Head Press on their beautiful paper and bound in true vellum, limited to only 250 numbered copies (this is #76). The text is taken from the 1625 edition, the Religious Meditations from the 1598 and the Colours of Good and Evil from the corrected 1598 edition.

About the Work -

Though Bacon considered the Essays "but as recreation of my other studies", he was given high praise by his contemporaries, even to the point of crediting him with having invented the essay form. Later researches made clear the extent of Bacon's borrowings from the works of Montaigne, Aristotle and other writers, but the Essays have nevertheless remained in the highest repute. The 19th century literary historian Henry Hallam wrote that "They are deeper and more discriminating than any earlier, or almost any later, work in the English language".

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 39 x 26.5 x 3.5 cm. In protective slipcase. Vellum binding with title on front board and spine in gilt; five raised bands. Hand-made Batchelor's Kelmscott Paper. Initial letters designed by Joscelyne Gaskin. Uncut (but opened, so rough) page edges. Rear pastedown stamped "Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, London". Pages - iv, 198, colophon

Condition -

See pictures. Some discolouration to boards, with some marks/rubbing; one four inch scape (light) on front board. Front joint cracked 4 cm. at bottom of board. A couple spots on flyleaf of foxing (blank endpaper that extends to pastedown); also bookseller pencil notes on flyleaf and pastedown. Half title and title page have a few thumbing smudges at fore edge location where hands typically touch. A few yellow spots along fore edge of opened pages (rough exposed edge). Mostly, a clean and handsome book.

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