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Elements of Phrenology

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Elements of Phrenology

George Combe

Maclachlan & Stewart, and John Anderson Jun, etc, 1836.

Fourth edition, improved and enlarged.

With prints and cuts.

Hardback; 120 x 195 mm; black boards with titles on a paper spine label; viii & 194 pages plus an extra leaf listing other books for sale; illustrations within text. No dust jacket.

The book is in poor condition. The binding is generally sound though there is cracking along the gutters in places. The covers are worn, especially the spine where parts are missing exposing the binding beneath. The title label is unreadable. Page end tanning. The book is cocked. Tanning of the front and back matter. Some foxing. Open tear page 47/48 with no loss of text.

“Phrenology is a pseudoscience which involves the measurement of bumps on the skull to predict mental traits. It is based on the concept that the brain is the organ of the mind, and that certain brain areas have localized, specific functions or modules. Although both of those ideas have a basis in reality, phrenology extrapolated beyond empirical knowledge in a way that departed from science. The central phrenological notion that measuring the contour of the skull can predict personality traits is discredited by empirical research.”
“George Combe (1788 –1858) was a Scottish lawyer and the leader and spokesman of the phrenological movement for more than twenty years. He founded the Edinburgh Phrenological Society in 1820 and was the author of the influential study ‘The Constitution of Man’ (1828). Combe was trained in Scots law and had an Edinburgh solicitor's practice. After a successful marriage in 1833, Combe devoted himself in his later years to promoting phrenology internationally.”

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Author(s):
George Combe
Condition:
Poor
Dimensions:
120 x 195 mm
Edition:
1836
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
194
Publisher:
Maclachlan & Stewart, and John Anderson Jun, etc
Title:
Elements of Phrenology

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Elements of Phrenology

George Combe

Maclachlan & Stewart, and John Anderson Jun, etc, 1836.

Fourth edition, improved and enlarged.

With prints and cuts.

Hardback; 120 x 195 mm; black boards with titles on a paper spine label; viii & 194 pages plus an extra leaf listing other books for sale; illustrations within text. No dust jacket.

The book is in poor condition. The binding is generally sound though there is cracking along the gutters in places. The covers are worn, especially the spine where parts are missing exposing the binding beneath. The title label is unreadable. Page end tanning. The book is cocked. Tanning of the front and back matter. Some foxing. Open tear page 47/48 with no loss of text.

“Phrenology is a pseudoscience which involves the measurement of bumps on the skull to predict mental traits. It is based on the concept that the brain is the organ of the mind, and that certain brain areas have localized, specific functions or modules. Although both of those ideas have a basis in reality, phrenology extrapolated beyond empirical knowledge in a way that departed from science. The central phrenological notion that measuring the contour of the skull can predict personality traits is discredited by empirical research.”
“George Combe (1788 –1858) was a Scottish lawyer and the leader and spokesman of the phrenological movement for more than twenty years. He founded the Edinburgh Phrenological Society in 1820 and was the author of the influential study ‘The Constitution of Man’ (1828). Combe was trained in Scots law and had an Edinburgh solicitor's practice. After a successful marriage in 1833, Combe devoted himself in his later years to promoting phrenology internationally.”

Author(s):
George Combe
Condition:
Poor
Dimensions:
120 x 195 mm
Edition:
1836
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
194
Publisher:
Maclachlan & Stewart, and John Anderson Jun, etc
Title:
Elements of Phrenology

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