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The Anatomy Of Melancholy

The Anatomy Of Melancholy
What a catalogue of new books this year, all his age (I say) have our Frankfurt Marts, our domestic Marts, brought out. Twice a year we stretch out wits out and set them to sale; after great toil we attain nothing…What a glut of books! Who can read them? As already, we shall have a vast Chaos and confusion of Books, we are oppressed with them, our eyes ache with reading, our fingers with turning. For my part I am one of the number—one of the many—I do not deny it...”

― Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy

“Let thy fortune be what it will, 'tis thy mind alone that makes thee poor or rich, miserable or happy.”

― Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy

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30 comments - The latest ones
Biscotte.....Impertinente !
Biscotte.....Imperti…
je trouvais votre air un peu fatigué ces dernier temps.....
Votre moitié (au dessus de Paul Ausser) semble être inquiète également.....
Prenez soin de vous....
3 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to Biscotte.....Imperti…
Merci...mais je suis tres heureux!
3 years ago.
Eliana
Eliana
Um olhar filosófico...!!
3 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to Eliana
I am a barefoot philosopher! (I can't even think of translating this into Portugese!)
3 years ago.
Eliana has replied to Steve Bucknell
3 years ago.
J.Garcia
J.Garcia
It's a pleasure to meet you!, Steve
Two distinct faces! The books change us.
You are in good company! "Books, books, books, more books!"
I have not read this one but I know something about melancholy..
(in my list to be read)
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to J.Garcia
See my advice to Rita. Don't attempt to read it. That would be like climbing Everest in sandals. But get a copy, look at it, love it, and it will be your friend for life.
3 years ago.
J.Garcia has replied to Steve Bucknell
Thanks for the advice
3 years ago.
Cheryl Beal
Cheryl Beal
Absolutely brilliant image Steve.....a touch of genius!!!
3 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to Cheryl Beal
People have called me "touched" before! Thank you Cheryl !
3 years ago.
Hilke Kurzke
Hilke Kurzke
spooky
3 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to Hilke Kurzke
Yes, it gives me the willies.
3 years ago.
forever is a long time
forever is a long ti…
brilliant!
Haven't read the book but I do know a bit about it's subject matter.
3 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to forever is a long ti…
Burton wrote: "The fate of books depends upon the fancy of the reader. That which is most pleasing to one is most harsh to another."
I find it a good medicine for the treatment of melancholia.
3 years ago.
Rita Guimaraes
Rita Guimaraes
I don´t know if I can understand the melancholy dissected in an anatomy.
I didn´t read the book and I believe that it´s interesting.
I understand more easily the feelings in general, with common characteristics among men, universal, but particular in themselves.

To each one his own melancholy. (here, in the ordinary meaning of the word)

Unless if in the book it means the disease, an abnormal pathology and a dangerous illness due to its suicidal tendency. and then, for me, in this case, it can be read in an anatomy.

(I do like the picture)
;-)
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to Rita Guimaraes
It's a useful volume. My wife uses it to stand on to reach the curtain hooks and high shelves. I use it to cheer myself up.There's no point in trying to read it all; probably no one has read it since 1621. when it was published. I use it as a Sortes Virgilianae...though in this case a Sortes Burtonae...I dip into it at random and usually find something that makes me laugh or makes me think. His joy in using English makes contemporary writers seem rather dim and slow-witted.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Giorgio Bree
Giorgio Bree
Compliments!
Your act stuns even Franz.
3 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to Giorgio Bree
Franz made me do it...he is too clever by half...
3 years ago.
Giorgio Bree has replied to Steve Bucknell
It is time to turn the page.
3 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to Giorgio Bree
Of course, your Holiness...
3 years ago.
Amazingstoker
Amazingstoker
great! and nicely done too . . .
3 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to Amazingstoker
Thanks, but it really could have been done better.
3 years ago.
Pigletta Pizzeri
Pigletta Pizzeri
OMG, it took me several minutes to understand how this photo was taken. What an imagination!
3 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to Pigletta Pizzeri
Ha! It was quite tricky to do.I ended up marking the back cover of the book so that I had a guide to show me I was holding the book at the right level.
3 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Outstanding work.
3 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to Don Sutherland
No, Don, it was instanding, in my library, I would have been too cold to go outstanding, though I did consider standing on my head at one point.
3 years ago.
Ellis Nadler
Ellis Nadler
I'm reading it on Kobo to save lugging a hundredweight of paper around.Currently on Ye Second partition.
3 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to Ellis Nadler
I look forward to your illustrated edition. Somebody should do the Reduced Melancholia, it would be great for the stage.
3 years ago.
FMW51
FMW51
I’m very impressed by this one of your photos — I’ll study your gallery step by step soon.
2 years ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to FMW51
I would advise against that. It's just digital dust. It gets in your hair, clogs your nose, makes your eyes itch. Stay with what you know. Thanks for your visit.
2 years ago.