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BURTON, Robert (1577--1640)
[The anatomy of melancholy. 1621]
The anatomy of melancholy, vvhat it is, vvith all the kindes, cavses, symptomes, prognostickes, and seuerall cvres of it. In three maine partitions with their seuerall sections, members, and svbsections. Philosophically, medicinally, historically, opened and cvt vp. By Democritvs Iunior. With a satyricall preface, conducing to the following discourse.
At Oxford printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, Anno Dom. 1621.
[4], 54, 51--72, [8]; 194, 193--642, 645--783, [9] p. ; 18.0 cm. (sm. 4º)

'Democritus Iunior' = Robert Burton. This is the first edition of one of the most popular works of the seventeenth century for its learning, humour and pedantry, which continued to be revised by the author in later editions. Although it fell out of favour in the eighteenth century, it was much admired by Samuel Johnson, and much borrowed from by Laurence Sterne in Tristram Shandy. 'The Couclusion [sic] of the Author to the Reader', signed 'Robert Burton. From My Studie in Christ-Church Oxon. Decemb 5. 1620'. With a final errata leaf. ESTC s122275; STC (2nd ed.) 4159; Printing and the Mind of Man, 120; Pforzheimer 119.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on free-endpaper The First Edition - Rare; in pencil £2.12.6 / £2.0.0. Also on front free-endpaper a small cypher in ink. An earlier ownership inscription on the title-page has been washed out. At end upside down inscription in ink giving financial calculations, and pencil inscription in a C19th hand 9th Novr 26 6 Books / Barlace. One of six books purchased by Soane on 9 November 1826 from A.W. Barlace for £5 5s. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.6.10).

Binding C19th russia calf, thick-thin gilt-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine, gilt edges.

Reference Number 619


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