Melancholy; As it Proceeds from the Disposition and Habit, the Passion of Love and the Influence of Religion . . . And in which the Kinds, Causes, Consequences and Cures of This English Malady.

Publisher: London: Printed by T. Maiden for Vernor and Hood, J. Cuthell, J. Walker, J. Sewell, Lackington, Allen [and others], 1801.
Edition: First abridged edition.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL I, 2219; Jordan-Smith, Bibliographia Burtoniana, page 95.
Condition: Some light foxing; very good copy.
Book ID: 27906


8vo, modern brown sprinkled calf period-style, marbled paper boards, dark green leather spine label, gilt rules and lettering. Frontispiece and six wood engraved vignettes in the text.


A popular edition of Burton's influential work, which distills it down into five chapters relevant to the readers of modern Georgian society, with a particular emphasis on the "inordinate pursuit of the common pleasures of life, and unrestrained indulgence of the affections of the heart . . . which in time breaks down the mental beam, and precipitates the unhappy sufferers into the gulphs of melancholy, madness or despair." The frontispiece depicts a man in such despair, with his wife and child pleading with him. The woodcut vignettes in the text look as if they are by Thomas Bewick. According to NCBEL, there were at least four subsequent printing of this edition through 1881.

Price: $350.00

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