The Essayes or Counsels, Civill and Morall - Edited by MICHAEL KIERNAN Reprinted 2006. If I'm correct in my understanding, the 2000 edition, the cover of which is image 5, is the extremely valuable edition. This edition, images 1 to 4 refer, and being a reprint, has lead me to account for this in our valuation. The book is in a good condition, although there is a small piece cut off the introductory page. Image 3 refers. 339 pages (2000 edition having 458 pages), all pages free of written notes and the book sleeve is missing. The following words are a reproduction of what I suspect were the introductory notes on the inner sleeve of the 2000 edition, not our book, but still makes interesting reading:
Bacon's essays reflect the experience and wide reading of a Renaissance man - philosopher, historian, judge, politician, adviser to the Prince - above all, astute observer of human nature. With uncompromising candour, he exposes man as he is, not as he ought to be, examining such givens of Renaissance power as negotiating for position, expediting a personal suit, speaking effectively, and the role of dissimulation in social and political situations. He scrutinizes judicial prerogatives and probes the causes and dangers of atheism and superstition. Even such topics as boldness or love or deformity have a practical bent. In Bacon's own phrase, these essays 'come home to Mens Businesse and Bosomes.' It is especially through their matchless style that they come home-with imaginative vigour, concrete language, and the colloquial force of individual sentences. An introduction places the essays in their original context, examines their evolution over Bacon's lifetime, and elucidates their form and prose style; a commentary examines his sources and relates essays to his other writings; a glossary and index are also included.
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