The first edition contained the following essays: “Of Studies,” “Of Discourse,” “Of Ceremonies and Respects,” “Of Followers and Friends,” “Of Suitors,” “Of Expense,” “Of Regiment of Health,” “Of Honour and Reputation,” “Of Faction,” and “Of Negociating.” By 1612, the number of essays had been increased to thirty-eight, the earlier ones having been revised or rewritten. He also notes the cynical quality of Bacon’s thought.
By the last edition, in 1625, the number was fifty-eight. This short work is a general introduction to Bacon’s life and work.
Another, under the title Essayes or Counsels, Civill and Morall, was published in 1625 with 58 essays.
Translations into French and Italian appeared during Bacon's lifetime.
said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.” One expects a sermon, and one is pleasantly surprised.
Bacon uses his theme as a point of departure for a discussion of the charms of lying, trying to fathom the love of lying for its own sake. truth, which only doth judge itself, teacheth that the inquiry of truth, which is the love-making or wooing of it, the knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it, and the belief of truth, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature.” When it comes to death, Bacon begins by admitting that tales of death increase humanity’s natural fear of it, but he reminds the reader that death is not always painful. Although this work is basically a biography of Bacon, Bowen includes some discussion of the publishing history of the essays and an analysis of Bacon’s style, concentrating particularly on his aphorisms and wit. in 1625, and it is this publication that most scholars read today.Consisting of fifty-eight short essays, Bacon's book explores an eclectic mix of philosophical, political, moral, and social questions.In , the title of each composition is succinct and defines the topic of the essay.All except one of Bacon's titles begin with the preposition "Of," followed by the topic under examination in the essay. The Essays are written in a wide range of styles, from the plain and unadorned to the epigrammatic. Seene and Allowed (1597) was the first published book by the philosopher, statesman and jurist Francis Bacon.They cover topics drawn from both public and private life, and in each case the essays cover their topics systematically from a number of different angles, weighing one argument against another.A much-enlarged second edition appeared in 1612 with 38 essays.Bacon wrote at the dawn of the essay form and, along with his French contemporary Michel de Montaigne, is considered one of its inventors.Although each of Bacon's essays explores a different theme, there are broad patterns that can be used to summarize Bacon's work.