The anatomy of melancholy. 2nd (first folio) ed: Burton, Robert The anatomy of melancholy. 2nd (first folio) ed: Burton, Robert

The anatomy of melancholy. 2nd (first folio) ed

Burton, Robert

Published by John Lichfield & James Short for Henry Cripps, Oxford, 1624
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"The Greatest Medical Treatise Written by a Layman" Burton, Robert (1577-1640). The anatomy of melancholy, what it is . . . the second edition, corrected and augmented by the author. Folio. [4], 64, [4], 188, [4], 189-332, [2], 333-557 [i.e., 567], [7]pp. Oxford: John Lichfield and James Short for Henry Cripps, 1624. 284 x 180 mm. 19th century mottled calf gilt, rebacked preserving original spine, light edgewear. Minor spotting and staining, a few marginal tears, small ink-stain on one leaf, a few small wormholes in upper margin of last few leaves, but very good. Early owner's signature ("Edward Parish") on title. First Folio Edition (second overall) of the book that William Osler called "the greatest medical treatise written by a layman." With a keen eye for contradiction and a perverse relish for exposing it, Burton virtually destroyed the dominant humoral psychology by showing its inability to effectively define or cure the mental illness of melancholia, a term that encompasses what we now call clinical depression. Burton, who himself suffered from melancholia, drew upon nearly every science of his day (including psychology, physiology, astronomy, meteorology and even demonology) in his attempts to explicate the disease. The work is a curious blend of psychiatric encyclopedia (the first of its kind, citing nearly 500 medical authors) and literary tour-de-force. It was one of the most popular books of the 17th century, going through five revised editions in Burton's lifetime. Jordan-Smith, Bibliographia Burtoniana, 2. Printing and the Mind of Man 120 (first ed.). Hunter & Macalpine, pp. 94-98. Bookseller Inventory # 43637

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Title: The anatomy of melancholy. 2nd (first folio)...

Publisher: John Lichfield & James Short for Henry Cripps, Oxford

Publication Date: 1624

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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