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Record 208

Reading Experience:

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, workmates)
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,, accessed: 07 February 2023

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