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The Philosophical Works of Francis Bacon by John M. Robertson

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OF THE WISDOM OF THE ANCIENTS

[Translation of De Sapicntia Veterum.]PREFACE

BY JAMES SPEDDING.

THE treatise De Sapicntia Veterum was first published in 1609, in a small duodecimo volume, carefully and beautifully printed in the elegant italic type then in use. It appears to have become speedily popular, and was once or twice reprinted during Bacon's life, and translated both into English and Italian. In 1623, he introduced three of the fables, revised and considerably enlarged, into the De Augmentis Scientiarum, as a specimen of one of the Desiderata, Two others he had designed for the foundation of an elaborate discussion of the philosophy of Democritus, Parmeuides, and Telesius; of which a considerable fragment has been preserved. [The De Principiis ...

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