The Anatomy of Melancholy. What it is, with all the kinds, causes, symptomes, prognostickes, & several cures of it. In three partitions Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically, opened and cut up by Democritus Junior with a Satyricall Preface - Robert Burton, E. McKnight Kauffer (illustrator) 1925 - The Nonesuch Press, London - Limited edition of 750 sets of which this is number 373 A luxurious presentation of Burton’s masterpiece in two large volumes with 200 illustrations from zinc line blocks by E. McKnight Kauffer and printed by the Westminster Press on handmade Dutch paper.

The Anatomy of Melancholy is the vast and only work by Robert Burton, the 17th-century English priest and scholar. It 'opens and cuts up' the condition of melancholy, or depression as we know it today, and in doing so explores a dizzying range of additional topics, including goblins, beauty, the geography of America, digestion, the passions, alcohol and kissing. Burton believed that reading was a cure for melancholy, and so the book itself - one of the most unique and uncategorisable works of all time - can be seen as a tonic for the very condition it describes.’ [Penguin classics]
  Reference: Dreyfus, The History of the Nonesuch Press, 28.

Two folio volumes (book size 31.8x20.5cm), pp. [10] xiii-xv [1] 300 [2]; [6] 301-589 [3].
  In publisher’s binding of parchment vellum spines lettered in gilt, over black white and purple patterned paper boards, black endpapers,.   Condition: Fine in near fine bindings with minor soiling to spine, gilt still bright and sharp (usually encountered faded), burnish mark to tail of volume II.   Ref: 109764   Price: HK$ 4,500