Essays on Physiognomy; for the Promotion of the Knowledge and the Love of Mankind.
LAVATER, J. C.; HOLCROFT, Thomas (trans.)
Originally written in German by Lavater, this edition is an English translation by Holcroft and features over three hundred engravings throughout the three volumes. Pages 241-313 in volume 3 are entirely plates expounding upon ideas in the text on physiognomy, the 18th and 19th century science in which facial expressions, and head shape were used to determine concepts of character, and even ethnic identity. Such science opened the door to the more troubling practices of Social Darwinism and Eugenics in the late-19th and early 20th centuries.
- Publisher: G.G.J. and J. Robinson
- Edition: n/a
- Date Published: 1789
- Place Published: London
- ISBN: n/a
- Condition: Fair
- Signed: No
- Dust Jacket: No
- Jacket Condition: n/a
3 Vols. vi, , 241; , 324, , 314, , 241-313p. 24.5 cm full leather bindings. Spines cracked and boards detached on all three volumes. Each volume is split into 2 or three pieces due to spine damage. Ex-library with labels and bookplates on endpapers. Binding in need of repair. Leather deteriorated and torn. Pages clean and text unmarked. Plates are in very good shape and remain the main feature of this set.