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BURTON, Robert (1577-1640)
The Anatomy of Melancholy By Democritus Junior [pseud.]
London: (R. W. for) Peter Parker, 1676. Eighth Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Folio (322 x 198 mm). [8], 46, [6], 434, [8] (of [10]) pages, including half-title and full-page engraved title with author portrait in oval and vignettes illustrating the characteristics of melancholy (including superstition, solitude, hypochondria and mania) and two herbs (borage and hellebore); index lacking penultimate leaf. Near contemporary mottled calf, neatly rebacked, ruled in gilt, spine stamped with device to five compartments and gilt lettering ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY BURTON, marbled endpapers; (early catalogue entry pasted to front flyleaf contents browned, margins trimmed not affecting text, half-title repaired at fore-edge at upper margin, final index leaf remargined and possibly supplied from another copy). Robert Burton published five revised and expanded editions of The Anatomy of Melancholy during his lifetime. This copy is the named Eighth Edition, and notably was printed in the last year before the book went out of print, not appearing again until 1800. 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 contempo … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sanctuary Books, A.B.A.A. [New York, NY, U.S.A.]

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