The Anatomy of Melancholy What It Is, With All the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes, Prognostickes, & Several Cures of It.
London Nonesuch Press 1925
2 volumes. pp. Vol I xv, [i], 299, [iii]; Vol II [viii], 301-588, [viii]; Vellum Spines. Patterned paper covered boards. Corners and edges slightly bumped else very good copy. Printed on Dutch paper with the Nonesuch Press watermark. Illustrations by Edward McKnight Kauffer, some tinted in colour typography and design by Francis Meynell, McKnight Kauffer rented studio space in Bloomsbury next door to Francis Meynell's Nonesuch Press, with whom he was good friends. The volumes illustrate a close relationship between typographer and illustrator. The effect is of an ancient portfolio updated. For instance the title page, originally by Christian Le Blon 1638 is neatly updated using the same structural arrangement of the page. No 648 of 750 copies. The book was first published in 1621, and was a milestone medical textbook on the subject of melancholia.