London, South Kensington
16 February 2001
BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY OF WILLIAM FOYLE
BURTON, Robert. The Anatomy of Melancholy, what it is, Oxford: John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1621. 4° (title, dedication and errata supplied in facsimile, small laminated hole in inner gutter of D1, small burnhole affecting one letter of M8 a few upper margins cropped), red morocco gilt by W. Pratt, 2 rectangular gilt borders with floral sprays in each corner, spine decorated in 4 compartments with elaborate gilt floral motifs, lettered in gilt in 2, g.e., bookplate of W. A. Foyle. FIRST EDITION. Krivatsy 1967; Norman 381; PMM 120; STC 4159.
One of the most popular books of the seventeenth century, Burton's work is a classic study of depression. Norman describes it as "the first psychiatric encyclopedia, citing nearly 500 medical authors in the course of classifying the myriad causes, forms and symptoms of depression, and describing its various cures". Sold not subject to return.
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