London: printed for Peter Parker at the signe of the Legg and Starr in Cornhill over against ye Royall Exchange, 1676. Early Reprint. Morocco. The final seventeenth-century edition, and the last to be published until 1800 of Burton's classic work. Folio: ,46,,434,pp, with engraved title, signed "C Le Blon [Christoffel Le Bron] fe," depicting, in ten compartments, Old Democritus under a tree, a landscape of Jealousy, Solitariness, Inamorato, Hypocondriacus, a superstitious man, the madman raging, borage and hellebor to purge the veins of melancholy, and the author (Democritus Junior). Complete with half-title and "The argument of the frontispiece." Recent chestnut morocco Cambridge-style calf (by Phil Dusel), covers paneled in gilt and in blind, spines very richly gilt in six compartments between raised bands, red morocco lettering piece gilt. A superior example in a handsome bespoke binding, rich impression of the engraved title, some pages lightly toned (mostly to edges, far from text), occasional stains, but generally clean throughout. PMM 120. Wing B6184. Garrison-Morton 4918.1 (referencing 1621 first ed.). Norman 381. Bibliographia Burtoniana, p.92. ("It [the eighth edition] is easily distinguished by the fact that it was printed in double columns."). Fine. Item #BB1644
The eighth edition (first published 1621), corrected and augmented by the author, of this first psychiatric encyclopedia, citing nearly 500 medical authors, "and also a literary tour de force. It is one of the most popular psychiatric books ever written, appearing in over 70 editions since its original publication." (Garrison-Morton) Dr. Johnson said it was one of his favorite books, and the only one that "ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to rise." (Boswell) "All the learning of the age, as well as its humour—and its pedantry—are there. . . . it exercised a considerable influence on the thinking of the time." (PMM) It is, one modern-day enthusiast has written, The "apogee of Renaissance scholarship—at once the summa of classical learning spliced and rendered in the vernacular for the delight of its early modern audience, and a dense network of embedded quotations, a seemingly infinite set of hyperlinks." (Public Domain Review) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).