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 alot 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 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?