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Burton, Robert
The Anatomy of Melancholy
Oxford: John Lichfield and James Short for Henry Cripps, 1624. Second Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Corrected and augmented by the author. First Folio Edition of what William Osler referred to as "The Greatest Medical Treatise Written by a Layman." Small Folio. [4], 64, [4], 188, [4], 189-332, [2], 333-557 [i.e., 567], [7]pp. Full modern brown calf. Contemporary ownership signature of an H. Bohun. Burton's name added in a contemporary hand to title, referencing pages 9 &11, with underscoring to text on those leaves. The Anatomy of Melancholy is an especially lengthy book, and the text is divided into three major sections plus an introduction. The first section focuses on the causes and symptoms of “common” melancholies, while the second section deals with cures for melancholy, and the third section explores more complex and arcane melancholies, including the melancholy of lovers and all varieties of religious melancholies. In novel approach, Burton’s Melancholy focused sharply on the self, unlike the writings of his contemporary Bacon. In it, Burton sought to prove indisputable facts by writing lengthy quotations and including passages of Latin poetry. The work becomes a collection of opinions of a multitude of writers, sometimes criticized for being grouped under small and dated divisions. Nevertheless, the subjects discussed and determined by Burton drew from nearly ever science of his age; including psychology and physiology, but also astronomy, meteorology, and theology, and even astrology and demonology. His ideas ranged from the doctrines of religion to military di … [Click Below for Full Description]
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