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1. The Essays.
1. In Praise of Knowledge.
3. Filum Labyrinthi.
4. Sequela Chartarum. 3. Miscellaneous Tracts.
2. Ornamenta Rationalia.
4. Notes for Conversation.
5. An Essay on Death. VOL. III. b
§ 1. THE ESSAYS. The first edition of the Essays was published in the year 1597. It is entitled* “ Essayes. “ Religious Meditations. “ Places of perswasion and “ disswasion. * Seene and allowed. “ AT LONDON, “ Printed for Humfrey Hooper, and are ** to be sold at the blacke Beare “ in Chauncery Lane. ** 1597.” The EPISTLE DEDICATORIE. “ To M. Anthony Bacon his deare Brother. “ Louing and beloued brother I do now like “ some that haue am Orcharde il neighbored, that “ gather their fruit before it is ripe, to preuent “ stealing. These fragments of my conceits were “ going to print : To labour the stay of them had ** bene troublesome, and subiect to interpretation: ** to let them passe had bin to aduentur the wrong “ they mought receiue by vntrue Coppies, or by some * garnishment which it mought please any one that ** shold set them forth to bestow upon them. There* fore I helde it best discretion to publish them my * selfe as they passed long agoe from my pen with* out any further disgrace, them the weakenes of the
* Tbese is a copy of this edition at Cambridge, and in the E. Isluc.
“ author. And as I did euer hold there mought be as “ great a vanitie in retyring and withdrawing mens “ conceits (except they be of some nature) from the “ world, as in obtruding them : So in these particu“ lars I haue played my selfe the inquisitor, and find “ nothing to my vnderstanding in them contrary, or “infectious to the state of Religion, or manners, but “ rather (as I suppose) medicinable. Onely I dis* liked now to put them out, because they will be “ like the late newe halfepence, which though the “ siluer were good, yet the pieces were small. But “ since they would mot stay with their master, “ but wold needs trauel abroad, I haue preferred “ them to you, that are next myself, dedicating them, “ such as they are, to our loue, in the depth whereof “ (I assure ' ou) I somtimes wish your infirmities “ transslated upon my selfe, that her maiesty mought “ haue the seruice of so active and able a mind, and “ I mought bee with excuse confined to these contem“plations and studies for which I am fittest, so com“ mende I you to the preseruation of the diuine “ Maiestie. From my Chamber at Grayes Inne, “ this 80. of Ianuary. 1597. “ Your entire louing brother ** Fran. Bacom." It consists often Essays.
1. Of Studie.
2. Of Discourse.
3. Of Ceremonies and Respects.
4. Of Followers and Friends.
5. Of Sutors.
Of Regiment of Health.
Of Honor and Reputation.
. Of Negotiating.
These Essays, which are very short, are in octavo,
in thirteen double pages, and somewhat incorrectly
printed.* They are annexed to this volume.+ Of this edition there is a manuscript in very
ancient writing in the Lansdowne MSS. in the
* The Essay (for instance) in the table of contents is * Of Suters," in the body of the book it is ** Of Sutes:” + See note L. page 445. ; The reference to it is in vol. ii. of Catalogue, page 173, as follows: ** Essays by Lord Bacon, viz. on Studies, Discourses, Cere** monies and Respects, Followers and Friends, Suitors, Ex** pense, Regimen of Health, Honor and Reputation, Faction, ** and Negotiating." The Catalogue then adds, ** These Essays will be found to vary in some degree from the printed copies