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The Anatomy of Melancholy : What It Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes, Prognostickes, & Seuerall Cures of It : In Three Partitions, with Their Severall Sections, Members & Subsections Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened
Oxford : Printed for Henry Cripps, 1628-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good. Folio. 3rd edition. [8], 77, [7], 208 [i.e. 210, 4], 209-374, [2], 375-646 [i.e. 648, 12] p. : ill., ports. ; 29 cm. Bound in 3/4 modern brown crushed Moroccan leather. Marbled boards. Gilt lettering on red leather spine label. Fine binding and cover. Clean, unmarked pages with tanning. Last page and 2 pages after the frontis argument have been restored. Later owners name on title page. Dampstaining to leaves in later quarter of volume. Ruffling to pages. STC 4161 (3rd edition) Lowndes I 328. Pforzheimer I 119 and Printing and the Mind of Man 120 (1st edns). Madan I 162:3. Alden 632/18 "Included are numerous scattered refs to the Americas", p 194. Norman 381 (1st) "the classic study on depression". Osler 4621 "A great medical treatise". Heirs of Hippocrates 252 (2nd)

Burton's book consists mostly of a collection of opinions of a multitude of writers, grouped under quaint and old-fashioned divisions; in a solemn tone Burton endeavoured to prove indisputable facts by weighty quotations. The subjects discussed and determined by Burton ranged from the doctrines of religion to military discipline, from inland navigation to the morality of dancing-schools.
On its surface, the book is presented as a medical textbook in which Burton applies his vast and varied learning, in the scholastic manner, to the subject of melancholia (which includes what is now termed clinical depression). Though presented as a medical text, The Anatomy of Melancholy is as much a sui generis work of literature as it is a scientific or philosophical text, and Burton addresses far more than his stated subject. In fact, the Anatomy uses melancholy as the lens through which all human emotion and thought may be scrutinized, and virtually the entire contents of a 17th-century library are marshaled into service of this goal. It is encyclopedic in its range and reference.
In his satirical preface to the reader, Burton's persona Democritus Junior explains, "I write of melancholy by being busy to avoid melancholy." This is characteristic of the author's style, which often supersedes the book's strengths as a medical text or historical document as its main source of appeal to admirers. Both satirical and serious in tone, the Anatomy is "vitalized by (Burton's) pervading humour", and Burton's digressive and inclusive style, often verging on a stream of consciousness, consistently informs and animates the text.[citation needed] In addition to the author's techniques, the Anatomy's vast breadth – addressing topics such as digestion, goblins, the geography of America, and others – make it a valuable contribution to multiple research disciplines.

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