1836 Elements of Phrenology
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Illustrated, Original Binding, Uncommon
The fourth edition of this work. A fascinating work on the study of phrenology. Phrenology is a science studying the shape and characteristics of a person's skull, attempt to predict mental traits. The science as particularly influential in the nineteenth century, especially from 1810 to 1840. Illustrated with a frontispiece, six plates, and numerous in-text illustrations. Written by George Combe, who was very influential in the phrenological movement. He founded the Edinburgh Phrenological Society, and wrote the authoritative work 'The Constitution of Man'. Prior owner's stamp to the front pastedown, 'Derek G. Manning 1948'. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto to the front endpaper, 'Mary Barnley 1941'. With two pages of publisher's adverts to the rear. Collated, complete.
In the original quarter cloth binding with paper to the boards. Externally, generally smart. Light fading to the spine and to the head of the joints. Minor bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. A little loss to the spine label. Some marking to the boards. Front hinge is starting but firm. Rear hinge is strained but remains firm. Prior owner's stamp to the front pastedown. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto to the front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with the odd spot.
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