1651 The Anatomy of Melancholy What it Is With All the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes, prognostickes & Severall cures of it...
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An Important Work, Early Edition, Illustrated, Scarce
With an illustrated title page depicting several individuals with various maladies. With half-title which contains 'the argument of the frontispiece' to the verso. This has an explanation of the images to the illustrated title such as hypochondriacs, jealousy, and the madman. In the contemporary binding. This work was first published in 1621 before undergoing many revisions and expansions in Burton's lifetime. 'The Anatomy of Melancholy' is a medical textbook, regarding melancholia. 'Melancholia' includes, but is not limited to, what is now regarded as clinical depression. Although it is pitched as a medical work, Burton also writes in a philosophical manner. Though talking about a series subject, there is a satirical tone to the work, for which the author, Richard Burton, was known for. The text is animated, often wandering into a sort of stream of consciousness. The work features many quotes from famous historical writers who had touched on the subject of melancholia. Burton was a scholar at Oxford University, and he is best known for this work. He was greatly accomplished in the sciences, also studying and dabbling in mathematics and astrology, as well as being a rector. This work received many popular admirers including Samuel Johnson, Holbrook Jackson and John Keats. This particular copy once belonged to Norman Douglas Simpson, the botanist. With his bookplate to the front pastedown. Following this, the work belonged to Eduard Rosenbaum, an Anglo-German economist and librarian. ESTC R29167; Jordan-Smith 6. With the collation: , chi4, A-K4, A6, B-5A4. Although pagination is irregular, register is continuous. Collated, complete. A very smart copy of this work.
In a smart half calf binding with paper covered boards. Rebacked, with original boards preserved and original spine laid down. Externally, smart, with patches of rubbing to the boards and to the extremities. Prior owner's bookplate to the front pastredown, and notes to the pencil in light pencil. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright. Half title and engraved title page have been strengthened at the margins. Contemporary ownership inscription to the top corner of the half-title. Light tidemarks intermittently to the top outer corner, not affecting any text. Small loss to the outer corner of I1. Small worm mark to the bottom margin/edge starting at 2H, not affecting any text. Very small interlinear spill-burn to 4K2, but the text is still readable. Final leaf has been professionally repaired at the fore-margin. The odd light spot.
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