"A monumental work of scholarship."—Mary F. Wack, The Bulletin of the History of Medicine
"An exemplary critical edition of Ferrand's treatise of 1610 on erotic melancholy, preceded by an introductory essay (of nine chapters) in which they examine the place of erotic ideas in Renaissance culture. . . . A compendium of 2,000 years of ideas about love."—The Times Literary Supplement
"Ferrand was one of the last great encyclopedists, and we owe a huge debt to the two distinguished scholars who have undertaken the immense task of translating and editing his engaging treatise. . . . A unique summa on erotomania and a work destined to become a classic."—English Studies in Canada
"An impressive tome that marks indeed a milestone in our knowledge of sexology."—Renaissancee Quarterly
"Whatever their field (medicine, astrology, Petrarchan poetry) and whatever the literature/culture which they are studying (French, Italian, English), all scholars will find A Treatise on Lovesickness of immense value."—Modem Language Review
"The welcome appearance of this fine edition whets the appetite for a full investigation of the subsequent history of the medical discourse on the erotic."—Medical History
Donald A. Beecher is Associate Professor, Department of English, Carleton University, and coeditor, with Massimo Ciavolella, of the Carleton Renaissanre Plays in Translation series.
Massimo Ciavolella is Professor of Italian, University of Toronto, and editor of Quademi d'italianistica, the journal of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies.
6 x 9, 728 pages