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TEMPORIS PARTUS MASCULUS.

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PREFACE

TO THE

TEMPORIS PARTUS MASCULUS.

At the end of the manuscript of the Valerius Terminus, and immediately following it in the same page, in the hand of the same transcriber, I find the title and the first chapter of the piece which follows; and in the list of contents inserted by Bacon himself at the beginning of the manuscript, I find them thus described : “ The first chapter of a book of the same argument, written in Latin, and destined to be separate and not public.” The design and commencement of the work may therefore, in default of other evidence, be safely referred to the time when Bacon revised the manuscript of Valerius Terminus.

Again, in Gruter's Scripta Philosophica I find this same first chapter inserted, though not in connexion with the general title, among the Impetus Philosophici, and followed by another which is headed simply Caput secundum, without any other description ; whence I conclude that the two were found by Gruter together, as if forming one piece. If so, the general title, which certainly belongs to the first, may be safely extended to both : and accordingly they are printed here as the first and second chapters of the Temporis Partur Masculus.

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