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In the same year the 1623 Shakespeare First Folio was first published to the world another work, a little less known to posterity and the world, was also printed at London, which if known to orthodox Bacon and Shakespeare scholars, has been overlooked, ignored, or systematically suppressed. This work (apparently) written by the lawyer, poet and author Thomas Powell entitled The Attourneys Academy is dedicated to the king, and several others, including Francis Bacon. The reason this revealing dedication to Bacon is not reproduced by his orthodox editors, biographers and commentators, is it very obviously alludes to Bacon’s secret authorship of the Shakespeare poems and plays, with its theatrical metaphor of pulling the curtain back before letting it fall again.    


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"True Nobilitie"


11. On the Marriage of the Roses.

The seventh Henry lives not in bronze and marble; but in your pages great Bacon he lives? Unite the two roses Henry; Bacon gives a thousand; as many words in his book, so many roses I ween.


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It is well known to some Baconians that Edmund Spenser was a literary mask for Lord Bacon (and less so Sir Philip Sidney and that he was responsible for the translation of Machiavelli's major works-but this is for another day) and that works published in the name of Spenser carry important title pages and Baconian Rosicrucian AA headpieces. The aforementioned remains virtually unknown outside of Baconian circles.

In his bi-literal cipher painstakingly deciphered by Elizabeth Wells Gallup Lord Bacon writes:

I publish'd in my owne (so call'd) name, or that of others. Spenser, Greene, Peele, Marlowe have sold me theirs.

[Elizabeth Wells Gallup, The Bi-literal Cypher of Sir Francis Bacon (London: Gay & Bird, 1899), p. 22] 

For those interested in exploring the subject see:

Edward George Harman, Edmund Spenser and the Impersonations of Francis Bacon (London: Constable and Company, 1914), 608 pages.

Peter Dawkins, Arcardia and the Arcadian Academy The Life and Times of Francis Bacon (The Francis Bacon Research Trust, 1988), pp. 100-142.

For around twenty articles (as well as correspondence) published in the Baconiana relating to Lord Bacon's authorship of the so-called Spenser works, see A. M. Challinor, An Index to Baconiana (The Francis Bacon Society, 2001), pp. 141-2.  

The three similar title pages show the figures of Queen Elizabeth and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester on the left and right hand sides a union which produced Francis Bacon represented by the Boar as seen on the Bacon family crest and the Achievement of Arms of Francis Bacon. 










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Fascinating as usual AP. I went searching for what the motto Non Tibi Spiro means (which I know you’ll probably know but it just seemed quicker than asking ) and I found this interesting book on emblems. Had you seen this one before? Maybe one can copy and paste and put into Google translate. I’m posting it as one never knows on this ‘treasure hunt’ what is a potential missing key but perhaps this is a well known book?




I also happened across another one of the covers, do we know who Richard Wood is? B564801E-4C8A-4455-934A-44D012232A4A.thumb.jpeg.d2aaf60a17ff8b4c300866c10a757508.jpeg

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41 minutes ago, Kate Cassidy said:

Fascinating as usual AP. I went searching for what the motto Non Tibi Spiro means (which I know you’ll probably know but it just seemed quicker than asking ) and I found this interesting book on emblems. Had you seen this one before? Maybe one can copy and paste and put into Google translate. I’m posting it as one never knows on this ‘treasure hunt’ what is a potential missing key but perhaps this is a well known book?

Thank you, Kate ! I did not know this book !

I love the fact that the "Non Tibi Spiro" Emblem is the Emblem 93 or IC , EYE SEE ! 🙂 

Moreover, there are hundred Emblem in total , and the Emblem 33 (pages 66 and 67) seems interesting.

Among a serie of Emblem depicting trees, it seems to be the first one with only two branches that form a cross with kind of a blazing star behind.

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Hi Kate, 

I am not familiar with this emblem book and while I was writing this Yann's reply popped up. Hopefully he can shed some more light on it.

Richard James Wood, Sidney's Arcadia and the Conflicts of Virtue (Manchester University Press, 2020) is a specialist in early modern English literature, in particular, Sidney, Spenser, and Shakespeare.

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The emblem book is dated 1597. Is this just a coincidence of Francis and William on this page? 


From the Ancient Germanic "*ermunaz", meaning "strong, whole, tall, exalted, whole, great, powerful" (making it a relative of Ermenrich). 2) From the Gothic "*amal / ama-l", meaning "work, brave, diligent, the Amali" (making it a relative of Amalric). 3) From the Old High German "*haimaz", meaning "home, house" (making it a relative of Henry). The second element is "-ric", from the Ancient Germanic "*rīkijaz", meaning "kingly, royal, noble, mighty, distinguished, powerful, rich ".


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Hi Kate, it is certainly an interesting coincidence to find the names of Francis and William on the title page and further down there is the phrase 'ad S. Albanum prope Mogunitiam' which seems to translate to 'St Albans, near Mainz' in Germany, but of course Bacon's country estate is situated at Gorhambury, St. Albans with its links to the origins of Freemasonry, and Lord Bacon was afterwards created  Baron Verulam and Viscount St Alban.  It is all very curious and a title page and any other bibliographical information or details may help shed further light on the matter.

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23 minutes ago, Light-of-Truth said:

Hi Kate, the link appears to only be for your Google user account. Maybe we can find a link to replace it.

Oh really, sorry. When I press it it takes me straight to the book. I didn’t realise (so can you see my personal info (??) as I often share links like that 😬)

How about this one 


If not, here’s a screenshot 36734CBA-3750-4883-8993-642F01E52833.thumb.jpeg.f7fb84ba351ae3f97755846bd561e082.jpeg

It says 1697 I’d translated the Roman numerals as 1597 - perhaps you can double check. I’m sure they are correct & I got it wrong but just in case.


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On this emblem:


Here is an English short description:




Two Branches of Mulberry Tree and Lawrel set of Fire in the middle, where they join.

VIM EX VI = Rage encreases Rage.

There is the story of Shakespeare planting a mulberry tree that was cut down in a fit of anger.


In the same Baconiana:


"Mulberry trees must have been scarce in the district at the end of the century." That is hilarious!!

Laurels do come up with Bacon in places, both visually in engravings and in words by friends. For example:


5. To the Memory and Merits of the Right Honourable Lord Francis, Lord Verulam and Viscount St. Albans.

Wail with weeping turbulent streams sprung from beneath the hoof of Pegasus, and ye streams profane flow muddily with your current scarce dragging along the black dust. And let the foliage of verdant Daphne falling from the hapless branches wither. Wherefore, ye Muses, would you cultivate the useless laurels of your sad garden? Nay, with stern axes cut. down the trunk of the worthless tree. He hath left the living, whom alone it was wont to bear the laurel crown for Verulam reigning in the citadel of the gods shines with a golden crown; and enthroned above the bounds of the sky he loves with face towards Earth to view the stars; who grudged the immortals that wisdom should be confined to the abode of the blessed, undertaking to bring it back and restore it to mortals by a new cult. Than whom no inhabitant of Earth was master of greater intellectual gifts; nor does any survivor so skillfully unite Themis and Pallas. While he flourished the sacred choir of the Muses influenced by these arts poured forth all their eloquence in his praise (and), left none for wailings I, William Boswell have laid (this offering on the tomb).


32. On the Death of Lord Francis Bacon, Baron Verulam, Late Chancellor of All England.

While by dying the Verulamian demi-god is the cause of much sadness and weeping in the Muses, we believe, alas! that no one after his death can become happy: we believe that even the Samian sage was unwise. Assuredly the object of our sorrow cannot be in a state of felicity, since his Muses are grieving, and he loves not himself more than them. But the imperious Clotho compelled his reluctant spirit. To heaven among the stars she drew his unwilling feet. Are we to think then that the arts of Phoebus lay dormant and the herbs of the Clarian god were of no avail? Phoebus was as powerful as ever, nor was efficacy absent from his herbs; be sure that he retained his skill and they their force. But believe that Phoebus withheld his healing hand from his rival, because he feared his becoming King of the Muses. Hence our grief; that the Verulamian demi-god should be inferior to Phoebus in the healing art, though his superior in all else. O Muses! mere shadowy ghosts, little more than the pallid suite of Dis, yet if still you breathe and do not mock my poor eyes (but I would not think you would have survived him); if therefore some Orpheus should have brought you back from death and that vision deludes not my sight, apply yourselves now to lamentations and canticles of woe, let abundance of tears flow from your eyes.

See! how plentiful the flood! I acknowledge these for genuine Muses and their tears. One wonderful to say, be hidden beneath these waters. For he has perished through whom you live, and who has fostered the Pierian goddesses with many an art. When he perceived that the arts were held by no roots, and like seed scattered on the surface of the soil were withering away, he taught the Pegasean arts to grow, as grew the spear of Quirinus swiftly into a laurel tree. Therefore since he has taught the Heliconian goddesses to flourish no lapse of ages shall dim his glory. The ardour of his noble heart could bear no longer that you divine Minerva, should be despised. His godlike pen restored your wonted honour and as another Apollo dispelled the clouds that hid you. But he dispelled also the darkness which murky antiquity and blear-eyed old age of former times had brought about; and his super-human sagacity instituted new methods and tore away the Labyrinthine windings, but gave us his own? Certainly it is clear that the crown of ancient sages had not such penetrating eyes. They were like Phoebus rising in the East, he like the same resplendent at noon. They like Tiphys first from the coast; he knowing the Pleiads and explored the seas, but scarcely did their bark depart insatiate Scylla, sees what is to be shunned, the Hyads and all the constellations and your dogs, whither to steer his ship over the sea; and the manner compass with greater security points the way.They begot the infant Muses, he adult. They were parents of mortal muses, he produced goddesses. Consequently the Great Instauration took the palm from all other books, and the sophists, uncouth mob, retire. Pallas too, now arrayed in a new robe, paces forth, as a snake shines, when it has put off its old skin. Thus the new-born Phoenix regards the ashes from which it springs, and the bloom of youth returns to aged AEson. So too, Verulam restored, boasts its new walls, and thence hopes for its ancient renown. But how much more brightly than poor mortal vision gleam his eyes, while he sings the sacred mysteries of the State, while he sounds forth the laws of nature and the secrets of kings, as though he were secretary in’ both spheres, while he celebrates Henry, who both King and priest joined in a stable union both the roses. But these themes far surpass our Muses’ power, such let not unhappy Granta. but the Court profess Skill in.

But since Granta gave her breasts to such lips, she has a claim on your glories, O greatest of her offspring! she has a right to extinguish with her tears the sad funeral fires, that she might pluck something from the midst of the funeral pile. But my song can bring you no praise a singer yourself you chant your own praises thereby. Let me, however, with what skill I may, celebrate your renown, yet if art fail me, my very grief will redound to your fame.

Thomas Randolph, Trinity College


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GREAT WORK Kate, Rob and A Phoenix !!! 😃

I noticed the FRANCISCO/WILHELMO yesterday night but I missed the St Albanus 

Thank you Kate  for your analysis and for having found  this book of emblems.

And Rob , what a great analysis of the Emblem 33 ! 

Here is what I found yesterday.

The 1st edition of the Book published in 1661 is very interesting ! 😉 

I noticed an "error" in the Emblem 33 :



And the same "error" can be found in :


This is reference to Horatius Lib 4,ode 4 mentionning JUPITER


(And Notice the Damna of the Emblem 33)




This emblem brings to my mind the ruins of another emblem "In dies meliora"

if we add the number of the emblems ;  25 + 33 + 38 + 46 + 54 = 196

The 196th Emblem of the Book :



Could it be a reference to Castor and Pollux ?

The 196th page of the Book :


pp. 100 (Simple cipher of Francis Bacon)

And we have a reference to another Francis : Francisco Columna 

The author of the famous Hypnerotomachia Poliphili 



of which the commentaries are pp. 102 and 103.

ONE HUNDRED TWO  is 157 simple cipher and 287 Kaye cipher ( Thank you Rob ! 😉 )

And 103 is the simple cipher of SHAKESPEARE.



The book is out of my range . If someone is interested in  😊 ... 


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