“(1605) A treatise on philosophy by Francis Bacon. Considered an excellent example of Renaissance thought, it extols the pursuit of learning and critically surveys the existing state of knowledge. Bacon later wrote a greatly expanded version, De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientarium (1623), to form the first part of his projected Instauratio Magna.”
Excerpted from: Murphy, Bruce, ed. Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, Fourth Edition. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.