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The Philosophical Works of Francis Bacon by John M. Robertson

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OF THE DIGNITY AND ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING1

Books II.—IX.

PREFACE

BY JAMES SPEDDING.

IN a letter dated June 30, 1622, Bacon speaks of the De Augmentis Scientiarum as a work already in the hands of translators, and likely to be finished by the end of the summer. “Librum meum de progressu Scientiarum traducendum commisi. Illa translatio, volente Deo, sub finem æstatis perficietur.2”Therefore though it was not published till the autumn of 1623, it may be considered as coming, in order of composition, next among the Philosophical works to the Novum Organum and Parasceve.

It was intended to serve for the first part of the Instauratio Magna, according to the plan laid out in the Distributio Operis—the part which is there entitled Partitiones Scientiarum ...

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