Anatomy of Melancholy, 200 – Pt. I, Sec. 2, Mem. I, Subs. 2: A Digression of the Nature of Spirits, Bad Angels, or Devils, and how they cause Melancholy – Their Power, How Used

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I’m back! I suspect I may only be posting twice a week for a while, because I need to try to find a way to make money off of whatever it is that I’m doing here. Suggestions? Would you buy my art if it was on coasters? Or something else equally useless?

Well anyhow, here we have melancholy entertaining the devil. It would appear that I drew two drawings for page 200. At that rate, and at two drawings per week, it’s going to take me about 27 years to finish this book. If, however, I can “monetize” my project, maybe I can shave that down to 10-12. What would Agrippa do?


Agrippa and Lavater are persuaded, that this humour invites the devil to it, wheresoever it is in extremity, and of all other, melancholy persons are most subject to diabolical temptations and illusions, and most apt to entertain them, and the Devil best able to work upon them. 


This post is part of a long, tedious, and very illustrated read-along of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. More info here and follow along on Facebook here. Illustrations posted via devon_isadevon on Instagram.

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