The Anatomy of Melancholy,
what it is, with all the kinds, causes, symptoms, prognostics, and several cures of it. The Sixteenth Edition. Printed from the authorized copy of 1651, with the author's last corrections, additions.London, Printed for B. Blake, 1836 Stock Code: 140146
NotesA handsomely bound copy of Burton's great book, first published in 1621. "The Anatomy, as its publishing history shows, was one of the most popular books of the seventeenth century. All the learning of the age as well as its humour - and its pedantry - are there. It has something in common with Brant's Ship of Fools, Erasmus's Praise of Folly, and More's Utopia, with Rabelais and Montaigne and like all these it exercised a considerable influence on the thought of the time. Dr Johnson deeply admired it, and Charles Lamb's often and strongly expressed devotion served to rescue the Anatomy from a brief period of oblivion" (PMM 120). Burton constantly made additions to the different editions of the Anatomy up to that of 1651, which represents its final form.
Octavo (217 x 135 mm). Near contemporary dark green calf, richly gilt spine, dark red label, gilt scrolling foliate border to sides, gold vein Spanish Moiré pattern endpapers, marbled edges.
Frontispiece based on the famous engraved title page to the 1628 edition, here redrawn and engraved "expressly for this edition" by C. Freeman.
Joints rubbed, front joint cracked at head but sound, a touch of wear to corners, light bump to foot of front cover, frontispiece offset to title page. A very good copy, handsomely bound.
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