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It were too long to go over the particular remedies which learning doth minister to all the diseases of the mind; sometimes purging the ill humours, sometimes opening the obstructions, sometimes helping digestion, sometimes increasing appetite, sometimes healing the wounds and exulcerations thereof, and the like. . . .

The Major Works of Francis Bacon. Of the Colours of Good and Evil, "The Advancement of Learning," Book I

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The Major Works of Francis Bacon

ISBN: 978-1-57085-013-4

Language: English (some Latin and French)

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Cover: Francisci Baconi, De Sapientia Veterum, London: R. Barker, 1609

List of Contents

The Major Works of Francis Bacon contains the Oxford University Press edition of Bacon's Major Works including, complete, The Advancement of Learning, the 1625 Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral, and the New Atlantis. In addition to these major English works this edition includes Of Tribute, an important early work here printed complete for the first time, and a selection of his legal and political writings, together with his poetry.

Bacon, Francis. The Major Works. Edited by Brian Vickers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

The collection contains the following works:

  • The Advancement of Learning
  • 1625 Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral
  • New Atlantis
  • An Advertisement Touching the Controversies of the Church of England
  • Letter to Lord Burghley
  • Of Tribute; or, Giving That Which is Due
  • A Device For the Gray's Inn Revels
  • Of Love and Self-love
  • Advice to the Earl of Rutland on his Travels
  • Essays (1597)
  • Religious Meditations [Selections]
  • Of the Colours of Good and Evil [Selections]

"There are cases," Coleridge once wrote, "in which more value may be conveyed by the history of a word than by the history of a campaign," and these Past Masters [collections] constitute a great aid to such enterprises. . . .

Impressive care has been taken in establishing these texts.

—Journal of the History of Ideas