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ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY,
WHAT IT IS,
ALL THE KINDS, CAUSES, SYMPTOMES, PROGNOSTICS,
WITH THEIR SEVERAL SECTIONS, MEMBERS, AND SUBSECTIONS, PHILO-
PRINTED FROM THE AUTHORIZED COPY OF 1651, WITH THE AUTHOR'S LAST
PRINTED FOR B. BLAKE, 13, BELL YARD,
The following address is found at the conclusion of the folio edition,
1651, from which the present is reprinted.
"TO THE READER.
"BE pleased to know (Courteous Reader) that since the last Impression of this Book, the ingenuous Author of it is deceased, leaving a Copy of it exactly corrected, with several considerable Additions by his own hand; this Copy he committed to my care and custody, with directions to have those Additions inserted in the next Edition; which in order to his command, and the Publicke Good, is faithfully performed in this last Impression." H. C.
(i. e. HENRY CRIPPS.)
“'Tis a book so full of variety of reading, that gentlemen who have lost their time and are put to a push for invention, may furnish themselves with matter for common or scholastic discourse and writing."-Wood's Athena Oxoniensis, i. 628.
"If you never saw Burton upon Melancholy, printed 1676, I pray look into it, and read the ninth page of his preface, Democritus to the Reader.' There is something there which touches the point we are upon; but I mention the author to you as the pleasantest, the most learned, and the most full of sterling sense."—Archbishop Herring's Letters, 12mo. 1777.
DR. JOHNSON speaks of it as the only book that ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to rise.
"THE ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY is a book which has been universally read and admired. This work is for the most part, what the author himself styles it, 'a cento;' but it is a very ingenious one. His quotations, which abound in every page, are pertinent."Granger's Biographical History.
Mr. WARTON, in his edition of Milton, alluding to BURTON, says, "The writer's variety of learning, his quotations from scarce and curious books, his pedantry, sparkling with rude wit and shapeless elegance, miscellaneous matter, intermixture of agreeable tales and illustrations, and, perhaps above all, the singularities of his feelings, clothed in an uncommon quaintness of style, have contributed to render it even to modern readers, a valuable repository of amusement and information."