Francis Bacon

English philosopher and statesman, 1561-1626

Also known as Lord Verulam, Bacon served as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. Elizabeth I of England reserved him as her legal advisor. His works are credited with developing the scientific method and remained influential through the scientific revolution. He has been called the father of empiricism. His works argued for the possibility of scientific knowledge based only upon inductive reasoning and careful observation of events in nature. Bacon was a patron of libraries and developed a functional system for the cataloging of books by dividing them into three categories—history, poetry, and philosophy. Bacon was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge.


Bacon, Francis

British painter (1909-1992). Autograph letter signed. London. 4to. 1 1/2 pp. With autograph envelope.
$ 8,082 / 7.500 € (93588)

Rare autograph letter to Philip Mordue: „Thank you very much for your letter it does not matter of coming here if you can’t get John [this is John Edwards] - I do hope John gets the pub as he thinks he can make a great success of it there are also very nice rooms upstairs in to living part - I am sure giving up smoking is a good think if you can keep it up. I hope I will see you when you come out on leve in May - in the meantime all very best wishes […]“ John Edwards was Francis Bacon’s closest companion from the mid-1970s.

Edwards and Bacon met in 1974 at the Colony Room in Soho and they were near-constant companions for much of the next 20 years. Bacon went as far as to say that Edwards was ‘the only true friend’ he had ever had..

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Bacon, Francis

Letter signed and subscribed ("assured/ fr. verulam Canc[ellarius]").
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Letter signed and subscribed ("assured/ fr. verulam Canc[ellarius]"), as Baron Verulam and Lord Chancellor, to Lord Zouch, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, notifying him of a forthcoming legal case affecting his prerogative: "There are protest gone out at Mr Attorney Generalls prayer against Hugh Hugginson and Josias Ente concerning the busines against the Dutchmen in Starchamber. Out of a desire to extened the ancient priviledges and customes due to your place not to serve such protest within your jurisdiction without your leave and contente, I have thought it good hereby to desire your Lordship for his Majesties service, that you would cause them forthwith to be sent papers to answer Mr Attorneys Bill and abide such further proceedings as their case shall require". - Written in a secretary hand, with the place, date and closing in an italic hand, as is Bacon's signature and subscription; contemporary endorsement. - From the Spiro Family Collection (Christie's, London, 3 December 2003, lot 59).