Extracts from a paper laboratory: the nature of Francis Bacon’s Sylva sylvarum

@article{Rusu2017ExtractsFA,
  title={Extracts from a paper laboratory: the nature of Francis Bacon’s Sylva sylvarum},
  author={Doina‐Cristina Rusu and Christoph H. L{\"u}thy},
  journal={Intellectual History Review},
  year={2017},
  volume={27},
  pages={171 - 202}
}
ABSTRACT Francis Bacon’s Sylva sylvarum (1626/7) has puzzled scholars since the seventeenth century. Published in the year of Bacon’s death by his erstwhile chaplain, William Rawley, it looks very different from the natural histories that Bacon published in his lifetime. Above all, its 1000 so-called “experiments,” incongruously grouped into 10 “centuries,” lack coherence. This article argues that Sylva was in fact never intended for publication and that Rawley’s prefaced claims to authenticity… Expand
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