OFB XI: Novum organum

The Oxford Francis Bacon XI:
The Instauratio magna, Part II: Novum organum

Ed. by †Graham Rees with Maria Wakely

Volume XI of The Oxford Francis Bacon comprises the first new critical edition of Bacon’s most important philosophical work, the Novum Organum, for a hundred years. One of the foundation documents of early-modern philosophy, Novum Organum is edited in accordance with modern textual-critical principles for the first time. Graham Rees presents the only edition ever to include the original Latin text with a brand new, facing-page translation, and a thorough Introduction and detailed commentary of the text. The edition represents a major step towards the reinstatement of Bacon as a central figure in the history of early-modern philosophy, and will be essential reading for anyone studying the history of science and ideas in the seventeenth-century.


1 Franciscvs de Vervlamio sic cogitavit (1620) FBSC
2 Instauratio magna præfatio (1620) IMP
3 Distributio operis (1620) DO
4 Novum organum (1620) NO
5 Parasceve ad historiam naturalem (1620) PAH
6 Catalogus historiarum particularium (1620) CHP

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The Oxford Francis Bacon XI: The Instauratio magna, Part II: Novum organum, ed. by †Graham Rees with Maria Wakely (Oxford University Press, 2004), pp. 766. ISBN: 978-0-19-924792-9.