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Burton, Robert (1577-1640) The Anatomy of Melancholy.
London: Printed for H. Cripps and are to be sold at his Shop in Popes-head Allie and by E. Wallis at the Hors shoo in the Old Baley, 1660.
Folio, seventh edition, corrected and augmented by the author; [pi]1, (§)4, A-Z6, Aa-Ll6, Mm4, Nn-Zz6, Aaa-Zzz6, Aaaa4; allegorical engraved title by Le Blon facing the half-title/Argument of the Frontispiece; bound in contemporary boards, rebacked and re-cornered, contemporary ink title on fore-edge in a gothic hand, 11 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.
"Burton's approach to mental illness was so advanced for his time that his book had no immediate predecessors and no immediate successors, although it influenced much of English writing in later centuries. Burton recognized the foremost psychodynamic components of melancholia and described some of the essential principles of psychoananlysis; Sir William Osler called The Anatomy of Melancholy 'the greatest medical treatise ever written by a layman.'" (see The History of Psychiatry, by Franz Alexander & Sheldon Selesnick, New York: New American Library, 1968.)