Essays And Counsels Civil And Moral
A much-enlarged second edition appeared in 1612 with 38 essays.
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.
Bacon's genius as a phrase-maker appears to great advantage in the later essays.
For those that put their bodies to endure in health, may in most sicknesses, which are not very sharp, be cured only with diet, and tendering.
If you make it too familiar, it will work no extraordinary effect, when sickness cometh.
I commend rather some diet for certain seasons, than frequent use of physic, except it be grown into a custom.
My Instauration, I dedicated to the King: My Historie of Henry the Seventh, (which I have now also translated into Latine) and my Portions of Naturall History, to the Prince: And these I dedicate to your Grace; Being of the best Fruits, that by the good Encrease, which God gives to my Pen and Labours, I could yeeld. Your Graces most Obliged and faithfull Servant, Fr.
The Essays are written in a wide range of styles, from the plain and unadorned to the epigrammatic.