Anatomy of Melancholy: All the Devils!



Wherefore of these sublunary devils, though others divide them otherwise according to their several places and offices, Psellus makes six kinds, fiery, aerial, terrestrial, watery, and subterranean devils, besides those fairies, satyrs, nymphs, &c.

There, I drew all six types of sublunary devils. Are there lunary devils? I don’t know yet, but I sure like the word sublunary, as does Robert Burton who uses it quite a bit.

I think subterranean is probably my favorite, mostly because my daughter is really into lava monsters and she wants me to hang it on her wall. “Lava monster” is one of her favorite games. It’s not that fun for me, since I basically just pretend to be suffering from an awful lot of third degree burns. But it makes her happy.

I guess maybe it’s angels next. Or more likely a few hundred more pages on devils, because devils are more fun.

Thus the devil reigns, and in a thousand several shapes.


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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