Robert Burton – Anatomy of Melancholy

Robert Burton – Anatomy of Melancholy

Collectors edition, strictly limited to 150 hand-numbered copies 

Cover Illustration by Sarah B. Bolen

Edited by Elena Arabadzhiyska


"This compelling and occasionally comic study of melancholy became cult reading in the 17th century and has inspired artists from Keats (who said it was his favorite book) over Cy Twombly to Nick Cave." Robert McCrum, The Guardian

The Anatomy of Melancholy was first published in 1621. It is a pseudoscientific investigation into and philosophical discussion of the possibilities of human happiness.

This book wasn't meant to be read from the first page to the last. Just pick up the book. Open it to any page. You may find lists, digressions, bits of 17th-century prose, quotes, much Latin. Whatever you find, it is sure to please if you only give it half a chance.

The Anatomy of Melancholy is definitely "the" desert island book. Don't go without. That would be a terrible mistake.


The Anatomy of Melancholy will be available in November. The Collectors edition will not be reprinted.

  • Details

    Half bound Hardcover in Linen and Marbled Paper (printed)
    Measures 140x215 mm
    120 gram Endpapers
    Printed on 115 g wood free cream paper
    Sewn Book Block
    Two ribbon markers
    Gilded on the spine
    Presented in a Slipcase, gilded on the front


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