Very nice assemblage of six volumes, or three complete years, of the American Phrenological Journal. Tons of fascinating, quirky, and interesting early medicine, alternative medicine, and outright quack-medicine. A real joy to lounge through and an important phase of American medical history and development.
Fowler, O. S. and L. N. Fowler [eds.] The American Phrenological Journal and Repository of Science, Literature, and General Intelligence, Devoted to Phrenology, Physiology, Magnetism, Education, Mechanism, Agriculture, and to all those Progressive Measures which are Calculated to Reform, Elevate Mankind. Illustrated with Numerous Engravings. Volumes 13 - 18, the Years 1851, 1852, and 1853 Complete. 144 + 144 + 144 + 144 + 144 + 144pp.
Contents include: Mental Eccentricity' The Phrenological Character of De Witt Clinton; The Use of Phrenology on Horses, Lions, Foxes, Alligators, Hippopotamus; and Dogs; Physiognomy [Evaluating Hypochondraics, etc.]; The Five Principle Races of Men [with Phrenological Woodcuts]; The Steamship "Atlantic" by Robert Macfarlane; The Peace Congress; Money-Mania [account of a man in the lunatic asylum]; The Female Convention at Worcester, MA [lengthy account]; Definition of the Faculties [Superb Woodcut, Vol. XIII, p. 21]; Debate of the Faculties on the Liquor Traffic; Phrenological Character of William Henry Marsh - The Infant Drummer; The Sie of the Brain an Index of Mental Power by A. P. Dutcher; The Locomotive and Railways by Robert Macfarlane [superb woodcut]; Animal Magnetism; The Electric Telegraph by Robert Macfarlane [Illustrated]; Phrenological Character of John James Audobon; Mental Eccentricity and Peter A. Heferts; Clairvoyance; The American Cotton Gin [Illustrated] by Robert Macfarlane; The Blind Made to See by Mesmerism; The Printing Press [Vol 13. p.109] by Robert Macfarlane with Superb Illustration; The Epicurean Philosophy: Its Application to Eating; Using the Rod on Children by P. S. Kennedy; The American Steamboat Condensing Engine by Robert Macfarlane; The Phrenological Character of Jenny Lind; The Scale of Development [Fascinating Work Predicting the "Development" from Monkeys and Apes to the Orangutang, New Hollanders, Caribbean, and European Brains .. . Predating Charles Darwin / Origin of Species by 8 years]; Science and Revelation; The Benefits and Evils of Commerce by Henry Ward Beecher; Woman's Rights; Catharine Hayes; The Relation between Phrenology and Insanity by H. A. Buttolph; Woman! Her Rights and Duties!; Destructiveness vs. Vegetarianism; Ignorance and Crime; Phrenological Character of Plato; Madness Cured by Bathing; The Influence of Manual Labor Upon the Mind; Intervention. On Duty Respecting Hungary; Good and Bad Heads; The Octagonal Cottage; An Illustrated History of the Flute; Phrenology and its Opposers; The Aztec Children; On Dreams; The State Lunatic Asylum; Somnambulism; Mormonism [in India, New Orleans, Denmark, Italy, etc.]; The Submissive Man and the Man of Authority; Air Traveling [Fantastical Woodcut of M. Petin's Aerial Steamship [Vol 16. p.13]; The Existence of the Spirit by J. A. Spear; The Physiological Evils of the Corset; Presentiments and Second Sight; Phrenological Character of P. T. Barnum; A Case of Somnambulism and Prophetic Dreaming; John Wesley and Phrenology; The Good Man and the Murderer - A Phrenological Comparison; Report of the Governor of the Mormons [Salt Lake City, from Brigham Young]; The Demands of True Religion Supported by the Teachings of Phrenology by Benjamin G. Smith; Character and Biography of Lyman Beecher; Phrenological Character of Lucretia Mott; A Visit to the Provincial Lunatic Asylum of Western Canada with Observations on the Treatment of the Insane by W. M. Wilson; Natural History of Man - Phrenology of Races [Papuan and Cafusos]; Phrenology and Matrimony; Diversity of Races; Clairvoyance by J. A. Spear; Josephine Fortune Clofullia [the original bearded lady - with woodcut]; Influence of Civilization upon the Development of Insanity by Dr. A. Brierre de Boismont; The Hartford Retreat for the Insane by William C. Rogers; Alexander Campbell and Phrenology; Sexual Diseases; Remarkable Instances of Double-Dreaming; A Prophetic Vision; Hydropathy; Wands and the Divining Rod;
9.5 x 12 inches, half calf, rubbed as shown, though solid and quite attractive; sporadic foxing and toning, generally moderate with some greater intensity toward beginning and rear of the volume; staining occurs at the head of the pages for the last few signatures.