The Oxford Francis Bacon VIII: The Historie of the raigne of King Henry the seventh and other works…

Hardcover | January 15, 2012

EditorMichael Kiernan

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This volume belongs to the critical edition of the complete works of Francis Bacon (1561-1626), an edition that presents the works in broadly chronological order and in accordance with the principles of modern textual scholarship. This volume contains critical editions of five varied worksBacon composed during the 1620s. The most significant and substantial of these five works is his biography of Henry VII (The historie of the raigne of King Henry the seventh) but the volume testifies as well to Bacon's continuing robust allegiance to his youthful vaunt that all knowledge was hisprovince, for it also includes his sketch for a biography of Henry VIII, An advertisement touching an holy war (a thoughtful debate over the prospect of holy war in his own time), Apophthegmes (a lively collection of witty anecdotes, classical to early modern), and his select verse translations fromthe psalms. In each case an authoritative text has been established based upon fresh collation of the relevant manuscripts and of multiple copies of the seventeenth editions, and subjected to a thorough bibliographical analysis of the treatment of Bacon's texts in the early modern printing-house. The Introductions discuss the occasion and context for each work, evaluate his creative transmutation of his sources, and weigh their contemporary reception. A comprehensive commentary identifies and parses Bacon's use of source material, from his refinement of published literary and historicalsources and contemporary MSS to the political white papers composed while he served as counsellor to King James. An extensive glossary is integrated into this commentary. An Appendix provides full bibliographical descriptions of all of the textual witnesses, manuscript and printed edition.

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This volume belongs to the critical edition of the complete works of Francis Bacon (1561-1626), an edition that presents the works in broadly chronological order and in accordance with the principles of modern textual scholarship. This volume contains critical editions of five varied worksBacon composed during the 1620s. The most signi...

Michael Kiernan received his doctorate from Harvard University where he was Resident Tutor at Mather House. Associate professor of English at Penn State University (University Park), he teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance/early modern literature. He has edited Volume 4 (2000) and volume 15 of the OFB (Harvard/Oxford, 1985; republished...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:832 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of PlatesReferences, Abbreviations and SymbolsList of SiglaINTRODUCTION1. Introduction2. The Texts and their TransmissionTHIS EDITION: PRINCIPLES AND CONVENTIONSTHE TEXTSThe historie of the raigne of king henry the seventhThe hystory of the raigne of king henry the eightAn advertisement touching an holy warApophthegmesThe translation of certaine psalmesTEXTUAL APPARATUSEMENDATIONSHISTORICAL COLLATIONEMENDATIONS OF ACCIDENTALSTHE COMMENTARIESCommentary on The historie of the raigne of king Henry the seventhCommentary on History of king Henry the eighthCommentary on An advertisement touching an holy warCommentary on ApophthegmesCommentary on The translation of certaine psalmesAPPENDICESI. Bibliographical Description and Technical NotesThe historie of the raigne of king Henry the seventhHistory of king Henry the eighthAn advertisement touching an holy warApophthegmesThe translation of certaine psalmesII. Additional ApophthegmesIII. Signature References in this Edition with Corresponding Page Numbers in SEHSelect BibliographyGeneral Index