A very curious collection of antique / vintage phrenology / physiognomy paraphernalia that makes a unique splash of 19th century décor or a very unique gift. The book, "heads and faces and how to study them: a manual of phrenology and physiognomy for the people" is authored by nelson sizer and h. Published in the year 1894 by fowler and wells co, new york. The book is complete, and consists of 204 numbered pages plus a section of illustrated advertisements at the back of the book. We have captured a small number of the illustrations in the photos above.
It is an authentic original antique publication, not a reproduction. It shows wear and spotting but overall very good.
The cover is still very well bound and the dark forest green cloth hard-cover shows extensive wear and staining. The glazed white porcelain bust is a vintage phrenology curiosity originally manufactured by boehm and is hallmarked on the bottom. It was commissioned by schering pharmaceuticals corp. As professional office decor to promote the antipsychotic drug etrafon. Believed to have been produced sometime around 1957-1958.It is in excellent condition. The bust is a collectible and is very well-made and an attractive design. It stands approximately 5 inches (13 cm) tall. Both the antique textbook and vintage statue come together as a set with your single order. Only one of these unique collections is available. Phrenology was developed by german physician franz joseph gall in 1796, the discipline of phrenology was very popular in the 19th century. Gall's assumption that character, thoughts, and emotions are located in specific parts of the brain is considered an important historical advance toward neuropsychology. In the victorian era, phrenology as a psychology was taken seriously and permeated the literature and novels of the day.
Many prominent public figures such as the reverend henry ward beecher promoted phrenology actively as a source of psychological insight and self-knowledge. Thousands of people consulted phrenologists for advice in various matters, such as hiring personnel or finding suitable marriage partners. As such, phrenology as a brain science waned but contributed to the development of the popular psychology of the 19th century.