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Record Number: 208


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

In the year 1650, as I well remember, I was onenight reading in my bed (as it was my custom then to do, in some book or other) in the Anatomy of Melancholy: and coming to this passage of the author, that I have just now cited, viz of his having Jupiter in the sixth house, which made him a physician,I was really non-plust, and Planet-struck for that bout, and forced to lay aside my book, being unwilling to read what I could not understand. I then endeavoured to go to my rest, but in vain, my active genius was watchful, and constantly solicited me,even in my dreams, to enquire, and discover if I could, what Jupiter in the Sixth house meant. . . .I had then. . . some small acquaintance with the learned Dr. Nicholas Fisk. . .who presently gave me such satisfaction in the Point as I was thencapable of receiving.

Century:

1600-1699

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1650 and 31 Dec 1650

Country:

England

Time

evening

Place:

location in dwelling: in bed

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

John Gadbury

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1627

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

tailor and astrologer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Robert Burton

Title:

The Anatomy of Melancholy

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, Philosophy, Science

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

208

Source:

Print

Author:

John Gadbury

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Cardines Coeli

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1684

Vol:

n/a

Page:

59

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

John Gadbury, Cardines Coeli (London, 1684), p. 59, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=208, accessed: 01 December 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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