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    The Last Seventeenth-Century Edition, Robert Hoe's Copy

    [Robert Burton]. The Anatomy of Melancholy. What it is, With all the kinds, causes, sumptomes, prognostickes, & Severall cures of it, In three partitions, with their severall Sections, members & subsections, Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically opened & cut up By Democritus Junior...London: Printed for Peter Parker, 1676.

    The ultimate seventeenth-century edition of Burton's classic work. Folio (12.625 x 7.75 inches; 321 x 197 mm.). [8], 46, [6], 434, [8, index], [2, ads] pages. First leaf with half-title on recto and "The Argument of the Frontispiece" on verso. Engraved title within pictorial border by Le Blon.

    Period-style full Russia by Hering (his ticket affixed to front free pastedown), professionally rebacked at an early date. Fillet borders rolled in gilt, embossed corners and blind-tooled panels around large stadium-shaped centerpieces, spine lettered and tooled in gilt and blind in compartments, five raised bands, gilt board edges, turn-ins with gilt floral stamps at corners and quintuple fillets rolled in gilt, coated brown paper doublures stamped in blind, coated brown paper liners, all edges gilt. Armorial paper bookplate of Henry Perkins and gilt morocco bookplate of Robert Hoe affixed to front pastedown. Edges of front free endpaper with some minor chipping and a few short tears. Paper restoration to upper outer corner of first leaf where an early ownership inscription was clipped. Overall, a very good copy.

    A handsome copy of one of what Llewelyn Powys once called "the greatest work of prose of the greatest period of English prose-writing," from the library of renowned book collector Robert Hoe. Indeed, since its initial publication in the early seventeenth century, Burton's superlative treatment and examination of melancholy in all its permutations has elicited admiration from the most eminent readers, including Dr. Johnson, who famously reported to Boswell that the Anatomy was "the only book that ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to rise."

    Wing B-6184.

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