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Dalhousie Bacon Collection
Dalhousie University, Killam Memorial Library

Bacon, Francis; Natural history--Pre-Linnean works; Science--Methodology; Logic

The collection was established in 1972. The main collection was assembled by Sir Francis Bacon's bibliographer, Reginald W. Gibson. The subsequent purchase of items formerly in the library of James Spedding, nineteenth century editor of Bacon's work, has given additional depth to the collection.

Bacon's work covered many disciplines, including natural history, philosophy, law, and British religious and political history. The collection contains copies of more than half of all the known editions of Bacon's writings; 148 of the 285 volumes are seventeenth century imprints. Also included is a unique copy of the Essays (1680); one of the two copies of Three speeches (1641) with the portrait of Bacon; fifteen items from first and only editions; and over seventy first edition volumes. The chronological emphasis is pre-1750. The geographic emphasis is on British imprints. Post-1900 editions, criticisms, and modern reprints are excluded from the collection. Additional pre-1800 imprints are acquired when availability and funding permit. The growth of the collection is limited because of the nature of the collection.

Multilingual. Applicable languages for Bacon material are English and Latin.

231 titles in 285 volumes.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. A separate shelf list and main entry card catalogue is maintained. LC subject headings and classification are used. The holdings are recorded in the Nova Scotia Union Catalogue. A chronological card index and a card index arranged by Gibson catalogue number are available. Partial holdings noted in Libraries online catalogue, Novanet.

Physical Access
The collection is in Special Collections which is open to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Photocopying is done by the staff as the condition of the material permits. Photography is done by the University Photography Services Department.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Dalhousie University. Library. -- A short-title catalogue of the Dalhousie Bacon Collection. -- Compiled by S.E. Sprott. -- Halifax, N.S. : Dalhousie University Press, 1978.