The Anatomy of Melancholy: Commentary from Part. 1, Sect. 2, Memb. 4, Subs. 1 to the End of the Second Partition

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Robert Burton (1577-1640) was born in Leicestershire and educated at Oxford, where he became librarian of Christ's Church College, a position he held for life. He was also the vicar of St. Thomas, Oxford, and the rector of Seabrave, Leicestershire. The first edition of The Anatomy of Melancholy appeared in 1621 and was an immediate popular success. Burton continued to revise and add to his great book, which went through a further five editions, until his death.
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"A must for all major libraries."—Choice

"The three volumes comprising this portion of the Clarendon edition (two volumes of commentary are yet to come) provide the most thorough, scholarly, and useful edition of Burton's Anatomy ever produced. The editors' foresight and insight amazes, and the physical text itself is as presentable and readable as possible. No scholarly library of English-Renaissance works will want to be without this invaluable edition."—Sixteenth Century Journal will find here the end of their search....Definitive."—Sixteenth-Century Journal

<:st>This work is cited in It is one of the major documents of modern European civilization, a survey not only of melancholy in all its myriad forms, but also of humanity's endless efforts to assuage it. First published in 1621, the book was an immediate popular success. The New York Review Books edition was edited by Holbrook Jackson in 1932. This new edition contains a new introduction by William Gass, director of the International Writer's Center. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198123316
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Series: Oxford English Texts Series
  • Pages: 832
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 2.04 (d)

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Linacre College, Oxford

Royal Holloway & Bedford New College

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Introduction to the 1932 Edition xvii
Note on the Text xxx
The Anatomy of Melancholy
Democritus Junior to His Book 3
The Argument of the Frontispiece 7
The Author's Abstract of Melancholy 11
Democritus Junior to the Reader 15
To the Reader who Employs His Leisure Ill 124
The First Partition
The Synopsis of the First Partition 126
Section 1. Of Diseases in General, and of Melancholy; with a Digression of Anatomy 130
Section 2. Causes of Melancholy; with a Digression of Spirits 177
Section 3. Symptoms of Melancholy 382
Section 4. Prognostics of Melancholy 429
Notes 441
The Second Partition
The Synopsis of the Second Partition 1
Section 1. Cure of Melancholy in General 5
Section 2. Diet, etc., Rectified; with a Digression of Air 21
Section 3. A Digression of Remedies against Discontents 126
Section 4. Medicinal and Chirurgical Remedies 207
Section 5. Particular Cures 235
Notes 262
The Third Partition
The Synopsis of the Third Partition 1
Section 1. Love and Its Objects 3
Section 2. Love-Melancholy 40
Section 3. Jealousy 257
Section 4. Religious Melancholy 311
Notes 433
Glossary 505
Index 521
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