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The Twoo Bookes of Francis Bacon. Of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Humane.

Author Francis Bacon (English, 1561–1626), Publisher Henrie Tomes (English, active 1598–1607), Printer Thomas Purfoot (English, 17th century), Printer Thomas Creede (English, died in 1619?)

Place of Publication: London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

STC 1164; Gibson, Bacon, 81


Overall: 21.4 x 15.7 x 4 cm (8 7/16 x 6 3/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Printed book, unillustrated

Not On View





(London: Thomas Purfoot and Thomas Creede, for Henrie Tomes, 1605) Quarto; 168 leaves; modern gilt- and blind-stamped vellum boards, red leather label.

London: Thomas Purfoot and Thomas Creede, for Henrie Tomes, 1605


Francis Wyrley, 1659 (inscr. title page); Euseby Wyrley (inscr. title page); Lord Stuart de Rothesay (arms on binding; his sale London, Sotheby, 1855, lot 202: £1,19 to Lilly); Horatio Greenough Curtis (1844-1922, perhaps his inscr. on front flyleaf "12.5.99"); his widow, by whom given to the MFA, April 1925.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horatio Greenough Curtis