miniature cameo of a young Francis Bacon 18 years of age, by Nicholas Hilliard, resides now at Belvoir Castle, Grantham, reproduced by kind permission of His Grace the Duke of Rutland.(For the history of this painting see Roy Strong in the Burlington Magazine, 106 (1964), 337.) Hilliard was so swept off his feet by Bacon's intellectual genius that he wrote round the miniature in latin, (transcribed) "Would I could paint his mind."

Editor: Brian Vickers, educated at St.Marylebone Grammar School and Trinity College Cambridge, has been Professor of English Literature and Director of the Centre for Renaissance Studies at the ETH Zurich since 1975. He has written extensively on Francis Bacon, on Renaissance science and philosophy, and on classical rhetoric. His other books include Towards Greek Tragedy (1973), In Defence of Rhetoric (1988), Returning to Shakespeare (1989) and Appropriating Shakespeare : Contemporary Critical Quarrels (1993).

General Editor: Frank Kermonde

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction

xv

Chronology

xlv

Notes on the Text

xlix

An Advertisement touching the Controversies of the Church of England

1

Letter to Lord Burghley

20

Of Tribute; or giving that which is due

22

A Device for the Gray's Inn Revels

52

Of Love and Self-Love

61

Advice to the Earl of Rutland on his travels

69

Essays(1597), Religious Meditations, Of the Colours of Good and Evil

81

Advice to Fulke Greville on his studies

102

A Confession of Faith

107

Two Prayers

113

A Letter and Discourse to Sir Henry Savile touching helps for the intellectual powers

114

The Advancement of Learning

120

Essays (1612)

300

The Charge of touching duels

304

The Charge against Somerset for poisoning Overbury

314

Letter to King James I, March 1621

326

Letter to Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, 1621

328

Poems and Psalms

322

Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral (1625)

341

New Atlantis

457

Abbreviations

491

Notes

493

Further Reading

803

Index

809