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The Philosophical Works of Francis Bacon by John M. Robertson

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TRANSLATION OF THE PARASCEVE.

DESCRIPTION OF A NATURAL AND EXPERIMENTAL HISTORY, SUCH AS MAY SERVE FOR THE FOUNDATION OF A TRUE PHILOSOPHY.

MY object in publishing my Instauration by parts is that some portion of it may be put out of peril. A similar reason induces me to subjoin here another small portion of the work, and to publish it along with that which has just been set forth. This is the description and delineation of a Natural and Experimental History such as may serve to build philosophy upon, and containing material true and copious and aptly digested for the work of the Interpreter which follows. The proper place for it would be when I come in due course to the Preparatives of Inquiry. I have thought it better however to introduce it ...

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