Burton, Robert; Edited by Floyd Dell and Paul Jordan-Smith
Title The Anatomy of Melancholy (2 volumes)
Book Condition Near Fine
Jacket Condition No Jacket
Edition 1st Edition thus
Publisher New York George H. Doran Company 1927
Seller ID 001143
Book. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Limited first edition, this being numbered 182 of 500. This is the first all English version of this classic work of proto-psychology, the prior editions interspersing un-translated Latin with the predominantly English prose. (In the early seventeenth century, when "Anotomy of Melancholy" first appeared, Latin was the lingua franca of scholars, but by the early twentieth century, probably the majority of readers, even of a work like this, would have found the Latin inconvenient.) xix, 1033 pp. Very much still a joy to read for its randy, restless erudition, the sheer panache of its prose, and the banquet of observations, associations, curiosities and references it serves up not just as an entirety, but on virtually every page. A work that one can revel in merely dipping in here or there. This copy of the two volumes is pristine interior-wise, with a few leaves still uncut. Binding is tight. The lightest of soilage on the cream-colored boards and the vellum spine. Perhaps a few shallow blister spots on the spine. Still near fine overall.