THE ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY, by Robert Burton and E. McKnight Kauffer - 1925 [Ltd. ed.]


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The Anatomy of Melancholy

by Democritus Junior [Robert Burton]

illustrated by E. McKnight Kauffer 

Limited edition, two volumes.  London:  The Nonesuch Press, 1925 

Hardback set is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Patterned paper covers have half vellum bindings and gilt text on spine. 
  • Boards show some rubbing, smudges, edgewear. Corners are bumped and frayed, with exposed board.  See photos.  
  • Spines have gilt text and are a little darkened, with bumped ends.
  • Bindings are strong.  
  • Black end papers/ pastedowns show little to no sign of age or wear.  A bookseller sticker at back pastedown.  
  • Frontispiece is present. 
  • Illustrations are bright and clear.  
  • Interior is gently age-toned.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have deckle fore and foot edges, uncut edges Vol. 2. 
  • PS2023.1213

591 pages. 8 x 12 inches

From The Nonesuch Press, a very handsome edition of this favorite among bibliophiles.  Robert Burton (1577-1640) was an English scholar much admired in Early Modern England for his prose style.  Written under the name of Democritus Junior, Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy offers an encyclopedic discussion of melancholy, as mental diseases, including bi-polar disorder and depression, were known in the 17th century.  The work first appeared in 1621, with five subsequent editions during Burton's lifetime.  The edition here for sale is based on the Sixth Edition.  

With illustrations by E. McKnight Kauffer, based on those in the 17th c. editions, but modernized in an Art Deco style.

A Nonesuch Press edition, with typography by Francis Meynell.  Printed by the Westminster Press.  Limited edition of 750 copies on Dutch paper.  This is copy #217.

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