The Progrez and advancement in the divine & human sciences. And translated into French by A. Maugars. Paris, Pierre Billaine, 1624.
Large volume in-8 (166 x 104 mm) of 7 ff.n.ch. dont le privilège, 636 pp., 1 f.n.ch. white; soft vellum, modern manuscript title on spine (contemporary binding).
First edition of the French translation.
First published in English in 1605 under the title Of the Proficience and the Advancement of Learning, this text was then translated into Latin in 1623. This work, in which Francis Bacon (1561-1626) proposes a classification of the sciences, had a strong influence on Diderot and d'Alembert and the structure of the Encyclopedia.
Pages 41/42 with gaps touching on a few words, if not a good copy.
[Enclosed from the same:]
Natural History. [Followed by the Atlas nouveau, translated by Pierre Ambroise, sieur de la
Magdelaine]. Paris, Antoine Sommaville & André Soubron, 1631.
Large volume in-8 (172 x 108 mm) of 8 ff.n.ch., 567 pp.; soft vellum (contemporary binding).
Original edition of the French translation by de la Magdelaine of Sylva Sylvarum. This fundamental work of modern philosophy contains scientific observations, notably on the qualities of the air, music, medicine, botany, animals, etc. It is a fundamental work of modern philosophy. This edition is especially important for the second part containing the utopian text entitled The New Atlas (p. 417-567), translation of the New Atlantis.
"[Bacon's] unfinished account of the ideal scientific society was published posthumously in New Atlantis, which ranks among the best-known and most delightful Utopian writings in the world and has been perhaps the most influential" (DSB, I, 375).
Traces of wetness; vellum cleaned.
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