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The Anatomy of Melancholy (1624)

The Anatomy of Melancholy (1624)

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The Anatomy of Melancholy (1624). Title page from the 1624 second edition of 'The Anatomy of Melancholy' by English scholar Robert Burton (1577-1640). First published in 1621, this work's full title is given here. It was published under the pseudonym Democritus Junior. Below the note on the satirical preface are two mottoes. The first is by the Roman author Macrobius: Omne meum, nihil meum (All mine, and none mine). The second is by the Roman poet Horace: Omne tulit punctum, qui miscuit utile dulci (He, who has blended the useful with the sweet, has gained every point). Running to many hundreds of pages, the book covered a range of topics from psychology to physiology, astronomy, meteorology, theology and astrology. There were a total of five much-revised editions produced by Burton over a period of seventeen years (1621 to 1638), with a sixth edition appearing in 1651.

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