Elements of phrenology, physiognomy and palmistry, with diagrams of heads and hands, and portraits of historical figures. Colour lithograph, 1866.

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The phrenology section includes cross sections of the brain, topographies of the faculties and text enumerating the faculties (according to Spurzheim's 1825 system) The physiognomy section includes a row of portraits showing historical figures enumerated in the list of subject headings below (mostly celebrated cultural figures, but including a military man (Kléber) and a thief (Cartouche) It also includes evaluations of the types of forehead, mouth, chin, eye and nose. The palmistry section shows figures of 15 hands, with a key. The text as a whole takes a sceptical view of all three sciences


Paris (29, rue St. Sulpice) : Maison Bouasse-Lebel edit imp, [1866]

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1 print : lithograph ; border 45.9 x 61.5 cm.


Phrénologie, physiognomonie, chiromancie

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Bibliographie de la France, 17 mars 1866, no. 428 ("Phrénologie, physiognomonie, chiromancie, n. 82. Lith. par Léveillé. Paris, imp. Bouasse-Lebel.")-- Image of France database no. 83071
Bibliographie de la France, 18 septembre 1875, no. 1675 ("Encyclopédie Bouasse-Lebel : Phrénologie. -- Physiognomonie. -- Chiromancie. Paris, imp. Bouasse-Lebel")-- Image of France database no. 98602


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