The Anatomy of Melancholy eBook

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In three partitions.


Sections, members, and subsections, philosophically, medically,
historically opened and cut up.

By democritus junior.

With A satirical preface, conducing to the following discourse.

A new edition,
corrected, and enriched by translations of the numerous classical extracts.

By democritus minor.

To which is prefixed an account of the author.

        Omne tulit punctum, qui miscuit utile dulci.

        He that joins instruction with delight,
        Profit with pleasure, carries all the votes.


Non MINVS virtute sua, quam generis splendore,



MILITI de balneo, Baroni de Berkley, MOUBREY, Segrave,

D. De Bruse,

Domino suo multis nominibus Observando,


Melancholiae ANATOMEN,

Jam sexto REVISAM, D.D.

Democritus junior.


The work now restored to public notice has had an extraordinary fate.  At the time of its original publication it obtained a great celebrity, which continued more than half a century.  During that period few books were more read, or more deservedly applauded.  It was the delight of the learned, the solace of the indolent, and the refuge of the uninformed.  It passed through at least eight editions, by which the bookseller, as wood records, got an estate; and, notwithstanding the objection sometimes opposed against it, of a quaint style, and too great an accumulation of authorities, the fascination of its wit, fancy, and sterling sense, have borne down all censures, and extorted praise from the first Writers in the English language.  The grave Johnson has praised it in the warmest terms, and the ludicrous sterne has interwoven many parts of it into his own popular performance.  Milton did not disdain to build two of his finest poems on it; and a host of inferior writers have embellished their works with beauties not their own, culled from a performance which they had not the justice even to mention.  Change of times, and the frivolity of fashion, suspended, in

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