Heads And How To Read Them. A Popular Guide To Phrenology.
C. Arthur Pearson Ltd, Henrietta Street W.C.2
By stackpool e. o'dell phrenologist. with 20 illustrations.
8vo. 5 x 7.25 inches. x + , including 2 pp. advertisements + 112 pp. +  pp. publisher's advertisements. Bound in original pictorial red cloth, with black titles and advertisement on rear board; spine rebacked. A little wear to extremities and some scattered foxing, largely confined to edges, otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by frontispiece and 19 additional figures numbered in text, including whole page. The idea that measuring the skull contours could predict personality traits was developed in Germany in the late 1790s and became very influential in Britain during the first half of the nineteenth century. It is now regarded as a pseudoscience, which led to race, gender and criminal stereotyping. Edward Stackpool O'Dell (1841-1917) was an Irish born novelist, who turned to the practice of Phrenology. He established the London Phrenological Institute in the 1880s and ran it with his wife well into the twentieth century. (At the Circulating Library website).
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