London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
[BURTON, Robert (1577-1640)]. The Anatomy of Melancholy ... philosophically, medicinally, historically opened & cut up by Democritus Junior. Oxford: for Henry Cripps, 1628. 2° (280 x 181mm). Engraved title by C. le Blon., with the last 2 leaves of errata and colophon (a little waterstaining and light discolouration). Contemporary sprinkled calf (rubbed, head and foot of spine lightly worn).
Third edition. 'This deeply serious work was said by Osler to be "a great medical treatise" ... The author ... offers many causes for melancholy, discusses the cure of its many forms and, in his studious discussion, throws much light on the customs and social attitudes of the day. It is a medical work in that, in all its seventy and more editions, it has continued to express the author's understanding of human psychiatric problems. Almost half of the thousand references to other authors are medical', Heirs of Hippocrates 406 (describing the second edition; STC 4161.
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