1925 The Anatomy of Melancholy
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First Edition, Illustrated, Limited Edition, Uncommon
The first edition thus, being the first edition of the Nonesuch edition.
Beautifully illustrated, with many in-text illustrations by E McKnight Kauffer, produced by them in 1924-1925.
The Nonesuch Press specialised in limited edition and private press. They were founded by Francis Meynell, his second wife Vera Mendel and their friend David Garnett. Their aspiration was for their publications to be aligned with the same aesthetic standards as the private press movement. They were unusual as they used a small Albion press to design the books, but had them printed by commercial printers. In doing so, books with the quality of a fine-press were produced, but available to a wider audience at lower prices.
This limited edition was arranged by Francis Meynell and printed at the Westminster Press. Numbered 22 of 750 copies printed on dutch paper.
On the surface 'The Anatomy of Melancholy' is presented as a medical text, which conveys Burton's expansive knowledge on melancholia. However, it is regarded as being as much a sui generis work of literature as it is a scientific or philosophical text. Burton uses melancholy as a lens to analyse human emotion and thought. It is a truly unique study and has been applauded for its comprehensive nature.
'The Anatomy of Melancholy' was a critical success and admirers throughout time include Samuel Johnson, Charles Lamb, John Keats, and Samuel Beckett.
A truly fantastic example of this uncommon work.
In the original quarter paper vellum binding, with paper covered boards. Externally, excellent with just a few light marks to the spines. Bumping to the top corner to the front board of volume II. Internally, both volumes are firmly bound. Pages are very bright and clean.
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