London: Published by Geroge Cruikshank, Myddelton Terrace, Pentoville; And Sold By J. Robins And Co. Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row: S. Knights, Sweetings's Alley, Royal Exhange; And G. Humphrey, 24, St. James's Street [n.d., 1826].
Oblong folio, original printed wrapper.; text page, six etched plates, as called for, with contemporary guard leaves. Foxing and staining, with tatty extremities.
George Cruikshank's (1792 - 1878) satirical take on the theories of Franz Joseph Gall (1758 - 1828) and Johann Caspar Spurzheim (1776 ? 1832). Principal human faculties and emotions are illustrated by five humerous vignette images per plate. Gall was a neuroanatomist, physiologist, and pioneer in the study of the localization of mental functions in the brain. Spurzheim attended the lectures of Gall and became a disciple, accompanying him on a lecturing tour through Central Europe, and settling with him in 1807 in Paris; in 1813 he separated from Gall, and went to lecture in England with much acceptance. He wrote numerous works bearing on phrenology, education, etc. All plates inscribed 'Designed Etched & Published by George Cruikshank August 1st. 1826'.
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