Francis Bacon

Homo, naturae minister et interpres, tantum facit et intelligit quantum de naturae ordine re vel mente observaverit: nec amplius scit, aut potest

Man is Nature’s agent and interpreter; he does and understands only as much as he has observed of the order of nature in fact or by inference; he does not know and cannot do more.

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban  (1561 – 1626)

The Works of Francis Bacon. edited by James Spedding, Robert L. Ellis, and Douglas D. Heath. London: Longman (1857-74), 14 vols. reprinted Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt: F.
Frommann Verlag, 1961-3 and New York: Garrett Press, 1968.

Instauratio Magna / The Great Instauration 1620

I. The Advancement and Proficience of Learning Divine and Human (1605)

  • THE Tvvoo Bookes of FRANCIS BACON. Of the proficience and aduance­ment of Learning, diuine and humane. To the King. AT LONDON. Printed for Henrie Tomes, and are to be sould at his shop at Graies Inne Gate in Holborne 1605.
  • De dignitate et augmentis scientiarum libros IX. Haviland, London 1623.
  • The Oxford Francis Bacon, Vol. 4: The Advancement of Learning. Edited by Michael Kiernan. Oxford University Press 2000.

II. Novum Organum Scientiarum 1620

III. Sylva sylvarum; or, A natural history, in ten centuries. William Rawley. London 1627.

Essays (1597-1625)

New Atlantis (1627)

Meditationes Sacrae  (1597)

The Wisdom of the Ancients (1609).

Notes on the State of Christendom (1582)

Letter of Advice to the Queen (1585–6)

An Advertisement Touching the Controversies of the Church of England (1586–9)

Dumb shows in the Misfortunes of Arthur (1587–8)

A Conference of Pleasure: In Praise of Knowledge, In Praise of Fortitude, In Praise of Love, In Praise of Truth (1592)

Certain Observations made upon a Libel (1592)

Temporis Partus Maximus (‘The Greatest Birth of Time’; 1593)

A True Report of the Detestable Treason intended by Dr Roderigo Lopez (1594)

The Device of the Indian Prince : Squire, Hermit, Soldier, Statesman (1594)

Gray’s Inn Christmas/New Year Revels: The High and Mighty Prince Henry, Prince of Purpoole (1594–59

The Honourable Order of the Knights of the Helmet (1595)

The Sussex Speech (1595)

Maxims of the Law (1596)

The Colours of Good and Evil (1597)

Meditationes Sacrae (1597)

Declaration of the Practices and Treasons attempted and Committed by the late Earl of Essex (1601)

Valerius Terminus of the Interpretation of Nature (1603)

A Brief Discourse touching the Happy Union of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland (1603)

Cogitations de Natura Rerum (‘Thoughts on the Nature of Things’, 1604)

Apologie concerning the late Earl of Essex (1604)

Certain Considerations touching the better pacification and Edification of the Church of England (1604)

Temporis Masculus Partus (‘The Masculine Birth of Time’, 1605)

Filium Labyrinthi sive Formula Inquisitionis (1606)

In Felicem Memoriam Elizabethae (‘In Happy Memory of Queen Elizabeth’, (1606)

Cogitata et Visa de Interpretatione Naturae (‘Thoughts and Conclusions on the Interpretation of Nature’, 1607)

Redargiutio Philosophiarum (‘The Refutation of Philosophies’) (1608)

The Plantation of Ireland (1608–9)

De Sapientia Veterum (‘Wisdom of the Ancients’, 1609)

Descriptio Globi Intellectualis (‘A Description of the Intellectual Globe’) (1612)

Thema Coeli (‘Theory of the Heavens’, 1612)

Charge… touching Duels (1614)

The Masque of Flowers (performed by Gray’s Inn before the King at Whitehall to honour the marriage of the Earl of Somerset to Frances Howard, Countess of Essex, 1614)

Historia Naturalis (‘Natural History’, 1622)

Introduction to six Natural Histories (1622)

Historia Ventorum (‘History of Winds’, 1622)

History of the Reign of King Henry VII (1622)

  • The historie of the raigne of King Henry the seventh. The Oxford Francis Bacon, Vol. 8: The Historie of the raigne of King Henry the seventh: and other works of the 1620s. Edited by Michael Kiernan 2011.

Abcedarium Naturae (1622)

De Augmentis Scientiarum (1623)

Historia Vitae et Mortis (‘History of Life and Death’, 1623)

Historia Densi et Rari (‘History of Density and Rarity’, 1623)

Historia Gravis et Levis (‘History of Gravity and Levity’, 1623)

History of the Sympathy and Antipathy of Things (1623)

History of Sulphur, Salt and Mercury (1623)

A Discourse of a War with Spain (1623)

An Advertisement touching an Holy War (1623)

A Digest of the Laws of England (1623)

Cogitationes de Natura Rerum (‘Thoughts on the Nature of Things’, 1624)

De Fluxu et Refluxu Maris (‘Of the Ebb and Flow of the Sea’, 1624)

Apophthegms New and Old (1625)

Translation of Certain Psalms into English Verse (1625)

Revision of De Sapientia Veterum (‘Wisdom of the Ancients’, 1625)

Inquisitio de Magnete (‘Enquiries into Magnetism’, 1625)

Topica Inquisitionis de Luce et Lumine (‘Topical Inquisitions into Light and Luminosity’, 1625)

Sylva Sylvarum, or Natural History (1627)

Certain Miscellany Works (1629)

Use of the Law (1629)

Elements of the Common Laws (1629)

Operum Moralium et Civilium (1638)

Dialogum de Bello Sacro (1638)

Cases of Treason (1641)

Confession of Faith (1641)

Speech concerning Naturalisation (1641)

Office of Constables (1641)

Discourse concerning Church Affairs (1641)

An Essay of a King (1642)

The Learned Reading of Sir Francis Bacon (to Gray’s Inn) (1642)

Ordinances (1642)

Relation of the Poisoning of Overbury. (1651)

Scripta in Naturali et Universali Philosophia (1653)

Scala Intellectus sive Filum Labyrinthi (1653)

Prodromi sive Anticipationes Philosophiae Secundae (1653)

Cogitationes de Natura Rerum (1653)

De Fluxu et Refluxu Maris (1653)

The Mirror of State and Eloquence (1656)

Opuscula Varia Posthuma, Philosophica, Civilia et Theologia (1658)

Letter of Advice to the Duke of Buckingham (1661)

Charge given for the Verge (1662)

Baconiana, Or Certain Genuine Remains Of Sr. Francis Bacon (1679)

Abcedarium Naturae, or a Metaphysical piece (1679)

Letters and Remains (1734)

Promus (1861)