De melancholia et morbis melancholicis. Tomus Primus [Tomus Alter].
Lutetiae Parisiorum [Paris], Apud P. Guillelmum Cavelier, via San Jacobaeâ, sub signo Lilii aurei, 1765. 8vo. In 2 vols. Contemp. near uniform [slight variation in the tools used] mottled clf., spine elaborately gilt, w. red title shields, gilt. (Corners bump./dam; edges of covers some rubb.; spine ends vol. I dam; idem vol. 2 a few chips; outer hinges vol. I weakening). [a8, A-Z8, Aa-Bb8; a4, A-Z8, Aa-Dd8]. (XVI, 399, I (blank); VIII, 429, III (blank) pp.). (Clean and crisp copy.). First edition of the most important book on mental diseases published in France in the eighteenth century. 'Lorry (1726 - 1783) was one of the most prominent French physicians of his time, with wide clinical experience, and one of the first to isolate particular aspects of mental disease. He noted two types of melancholy, one which he called 'Mélancholie nerveuse', and the other 'mélancholie humorale', this latter resulting in hysteria in women and hypochondria in men.'[Kraus 205/52]: Bayle & Thillaye, Biogr. Médicale, vol. II, pp. 503 - 504: [in transl.:] 'Everything is interesting in this treatise; the style is pleasing, the theory is solid, the divisions are well established, the causes well deducted, the symptoms perfectly described, the cure is exactly adapted to the variety of circumstances.': DSB vol. VIII, pp. 505 - 507: 'Soon after receiving his medical degree (1748) Lorry was presented by the chief royal physician L.G. Le Monnier, to Marshall Noailles. He was thus introduced to Paris High Society and became the physician of the Richelieus, of the Fronsacs, of Mlle de Lespinasse, and of Voltaire, all of whom received him warmly, but paid his less enthusiastically. ... [Lorry] is now primarily known .. for his work in dermatology and mental disease.': Hirsch III, 843: Neuburger Pagel, 641/2: G&M 4920: 'First edition. The most important author on the subject among French authors. The work deals not only with melancholy, but with mental diseases in general.': Norman coll. vol. I, 1391: Blake 2773: Wellcome vol. III, 547:
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