I have to write a paper that defines the word "simulation". As part of my paper, for historical reasons I've decided to use a quote from Francis Bacon's Essay Of Simulation and Dissimulation.
The problem I am currently experiencing is I can't figure out how to cite it.
After a lot of research I was finally able to figure out the publication date (1597), but I have yet to figure out how it was originally published, which is a problem, since MLA has different formats depending on whether the essay was published individually or as part of a collection.
While investigating this problem, I've seen advice that says that if you cannot determine which case is true (collection or individually) you can MLA cite it as an essay published in a collection by finding a collection not published by the original author that contains the work (example: Best English Papers of All Time or something of that nature). I was able to find a collection that was created by a person that only contains Francis Bacon essays, however to me, citing a collection that was done by someone other than the original author seems rather peculiar.
Does anyone have any suggestions?