OFB XII: Historia naturalis

Oxford Francis Bacon XIII:
Instauratio magna, Part III:
Historia naturalis and Historia vitae

Ed. by †Graham Rees with Maria Wakely

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was a genuine midwife of modernity. He was one of the first thinkers to visualise a future which would be guided by a cooperative science-based vision of bettering human welfare. In this the first critical edition of his greatest philosophical work since the nineteenth-century, we find facing-page Latin translations and a thorough and detailed Introduction to the text. The text includes the original Latin with a facing-page translation, and has been edited in accordance with the highest standards of modern textual-critical principles, with a detailed and thorough introduction.


1 Historia naturalis et experimentalis (1622) HNE
2 Historia ventorum (1622) HV
3 Historia gravis et levis (1622) HGL
4 Historia sympathiae et antipathiae rerum (1622) HSAR
5 Historia sulphuris, mercurii et salis (1622) HSMS
6 Historiæ vitæ et mortis (1623) HVM

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The Oxford Francis Bacon XII: The Instauratio magna, Part III: Historia Naturalis and Historia Vitae, ed. by †Graham Rees with Maria Wakely (Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 586. ISBN: 978-0-19-926500-8.