‘the Art it Selfe of Invention and Discoverie’
A constant association between voyaging and the progress of knowledge is recurrent in Francis Bacon's work. This is evident in the title-page of the Instauratio Magna (1620), in which two ships sail through the Pillars of Hercules (the Straits of Gibraltar) with the motto from the Book of Daniel (12:4), ‘Multi pertransibunt et augebitur scientia’. Bacon seeks to liberate mankind through his writings, a goal that can be considered a voyage. He was constantly referring to the discovery of the mariner's compass to emphasise the consecutiveness of scientific discovery. In his essay, ‘Of Adversitie’, first published in 1625, Bacon places the voyage metaphor in a moving context of his moral and religious beliefs.
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