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ROBERT LESLIE ELLIS, M. A.

LATE FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE;

AND

DOUGLAS DENON HEATH,

BARRISTER-AT-LAW; LATE FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.

VOLUME IX.

NEW YORK:

HURD AND HOUGHTON, 401 BROADWAY.

BOSTON: TAGGARD AND THOMPSON.

MDCCCLXIV.

Grad. R. R. 2

1153

1864

RIVERSIDE, CAMBRIDGE:

STEREOTYPED AND PRINTED BY

H. O HOUGHTON.

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INTED BY

The works to be translated were selected by Mr. Ellis, and were meant to include everything which is requisite to give an English reader a complete view of Bacon's philosophy. The selection does, in fact, include all the Latin works belonging to the first and second parts, and as many of those belonging to the third as are not to be found in a more perfect form in the others. And though the Editors' prefaces and notes are not reprinted along

* [This preface, prepared for volume five of the English edition, which begins with the translation of the seventh book of the De Augmentis Scientiarum, is placed here in order not to interrupt the continuity of that work. For "the three former volumes," and "the first three volumes," read the seven former volumes, and the first seven volumes; for "preface to the fourth volume" read preface to the eighth volume; for" the first 320 pages of this volume," and "from the beginning to the three hundred and twentieth page of this volume," read from p. 191 of this volume to p. 155 of the next. "The third volume" of the English edition corresponds to volumes five (from p. 185), six, and seven of this edition.]

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with them, yet the several pieces being set out in the same order, and bearing the Latin titles on the top of each leaf, it will be easy to find them by reference to the corresponding titles in the three former volumes. So that those who cannot read the Great Instauration in the original may nevertheless have the full benefit of all the explanatory and illustrative matter contained in this edition.

Of the style of translation which has been attempted, I have spoken in my preface to the fourth volume. And though the authorship is of a more mixed character than I could have wished, I hope it will not be found that the number of the workmen has materially impaired the substantial value of the work.

The translation of the Novum Organum was finished many years ago. The manuscript, having been carefully examined and much corrected, first by myself, and afterwards by Mr. Ellis, remained in my hands pending the completion of the first three volumes; and was ultimately, for reasons with which it is not necessary to trouble the reader, committed entirely to my charge. In carrying it through the press, I felt myself at liberty to make whatever alterations I pleased; and therefore, if any errors remain, I must consider myself answerable for them.

The task of translating the remainder was entrusted to Mr. Francis Headlam, of University

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