The Anatomy of Melancholy. What it is, With all the kinds, causes, symptomes, prognostickes, & severall cures of it, in three Partitions, with their severall Sections, members & subsections, Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically, opened & cut up.
[ Burton, Robert ].

London: Printed by H. Cripps, 1660. Seventh edition. The first edition (1621) contained some 353,369 words and more material was added with each subsequent edition until the sixth, posthumous edition (1651), which contains corrections and additions made before Burton's death and contains 51 Engraved title page; headbands and tailpieces; initial letters. Binding extremities lightly rubbed with some slight soiling and wear to boards. Rear hinge cracked but sound. Light foxing and toning throughout. Intermittent minor worming to lower guttural margins. Occasional minor tears, stains and ink markings, at times touching text. Small holes to about sixteen leaves, at times touching text, but with no loss of meaning. Nineteenth century chromolithograph armorial bookplate of Cardiff Castle on front pastedown. A good copy Nineteenth century reddish-brown morocco ruled and stamped decoratively in gilt with a gilt-lettered spine, rebacked in a later reddish-brown calf. All edges gilt and gilt-turn ins. Folio. 10], 84, 723, [1], [+10, (Item ID: 16289)


"...[Burton's] masterpiece was The Anatomy of Melancholy...if ever a single book deserved to be called the work of a lifetime, it is this...The whole book is elaborately divided and subdivided into partitions, divisions, sections, members, and sub-sections. The first partition is devoted to the definition of his subject and its species and kinds, the causes of it and...the symptoms...The second deals with the cure...The third part deals with the more frivolous kinds of melancholy and the fourth with the serious, Religious Melancholy...The Anatomy, as its publishing history shows, was one of the most popular books of the seventeenth century" (Printing and the Mind of Man 120).

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