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This book is the third edition of two philosophical treatises of Francis Bacon: Sylva Sylvarum and the unfinished work, The New Atlantis. Both were published posthumously by William Rawley, Bacon's personal secretary. Sylva Sylvarum is an anthology of extracts from mostly ancient texts combined with Bacon's own observations and experiments. Some of his comments include medical treatments for prolonging life and preserving youth, including the benefits of nitre (potassium nitrate) and opium. The New Atlantis describes a utopian island and scientific community. This copy contains annotated manicules and comments from a previous owner.