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- DescriptionGeorge Combe (1788-1858) rose from humble origins to tour widely in Europe and the United States, lecturing on phrelogy, the popular Victorian belief that character traits were determined by the configuration of the skull. He founded Britain's first Phrelogical Society in 1820 in Edinburgh, and was considered the foremost phrelogist of the nineteenth century. These volumes, first published in 1841, contain Combe's account of a phrelogical lecture tour he undertook in the United States between 1838 and 1840. In the form of a journal, Combe describes the social and political institutions of the United States, and provides vivid descriptions of American society and customs. He also provides accounts of phrelogical practice and the lectures he presented. These volumes provide a wealth of information on nineteenth-century society in America, and invaluable details concerning the practice of phrelogy. Volume 2 covers his stay in Philadelphia and Maine.
- Author(s)George Combe
- PublisherCambridge Library Collection
- Date of Publication21/10/2010
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleCambridge Library Collection - North American History
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note2 b/w illus.
- Weight520 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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