The last lifetime edition containing Burton's final text. Folio, pp. , 78, , 97, 96-140, , 141-218, , 219-262, 259-723, ; woodcut initials; inserted engraved title page (outside the collation) neatly reinforced on the blank verso, half-title also with fore-edge reinforced; first half of the text block wrinkled, small worm tracks in the first 25 leaves, worm tracks also from leaves X2 to Z4, 2L3 to 2P4, and 2T1 to 2V4; F3 of the second part with corner torn with slight loss to headline and pagination, 3R2 also with corner torn but without loss of letters, leaves 4T2 and 4T3 browned; 19th-century half calf over marbled boards; light wear; very good. The two leaves of Synopsis to the First Partition, ordinarily bound after K4 is bound in this copy prior to A1. Leaf 2L1, intended to be cancelled, is retained in many copies, as it is here, but with a knife slice through the text to indicate the cancellation (no loss). Lowndes notes that this was "a work once almost forgotten, but which owed it revival to the inordinate praise of Dr. Johnson, who observed that it 'was the only book that ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to rise.' Printing and the Mind of Man 120 (citing the first edition of 1621): "The Anatomy . was one of the most popular books of the 17th century. All the learning of the age as well as its humor - and its pedantry - are here. 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; its admirers will continue to read and re-read it." DNB says it is "one of the most famous books in literature." Madan I, p. 204; STC 4163. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The anatomy of melancholy. What it is, with ...
Publisher: printed [by Robert Young, Edinburgh, 1635?, by Miles Flesher, London, 1638, and by Leonard Lichfield and William Turner, Oxford] for Henry Cripps
Publication Date: 1638
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