A System of Phrenology. George COMBE.
A System of Phrenology.
A System of Phrenology.

A System of Phrenology.

Boston, MA: Marsh, Capen,and Lyon, 1835. Third American Edition, Revised. Hardcover, large octavo. xvi + 664 pp. Original brown cloth, paper title-label to spine. Frontispiece and one plate. A few B&W illustrations and diagrams in text. Index. The author, George Combe (1788-1858), was a Scottish lawyer who became one of the leaders of the phrenological movement. He was converted to phrenology after watching a dissection and lectures by Johann Gaspar Spurzheim. In 1817 Combe published the first of what became a series of essays on phrenology, which in 1819 were collected and published in book form under the title "Essays on Phrenology" - which was later expanded and went through a series of editions under the title "A System of Phrenology." Combe co-founded the Edinburgh Phrenological Society in 1820 (later serving as its president), a group that was of signal importance in the growth of phrenology, as were Combe's own writings and lectures which helped spread interest in it throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and America. Cloth at head and tail of spine chipped level with text block, boards a little faded, corners lightly rounded, spine label faded and a little chipped. Front free end paper excised, a very few pencil margin marks (easily erased), a little light foxing, mostly to rear leaves. Despite flaws a sound and generally clean, solid, VG copy. Item #24056

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