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Itard, Jean Marie Gaspard
An historical account of the discovery and education of a savage man, or of the first developments, physical and moral, of the young savage caught in the woods near Aveyron
London: Richard Phillips, 1802. Itard, Jean Marie Gaspard (1774-1838). An historical account of the discovery and education of a savage man, or of the first developments, physical and moral, of the young savage caught in the woods near Aveyron. 148pp. Frontispiece. London: Richard Phillips, 1802. Bound with: Gilpin, William (1724-1804). Moral contrasts: Or, the power of religion exemplified under different characters. viii, 226, [2]pp. Lymington: Printed by J. B. Butter, and sold by Messrs. Cadell and Davies, in the Strand, London, 1798. Together 2 items. 164 x 96 mm. Half calf, marbled boards ca. 1802, spine renewed, minor wear and rubbing. Light foxing and toning, but very good. Booksellers' labels on front pastedown, including one noting that this copy was once owned by Ed Grabhorn at the Grabhorn Press. First Edition in English of Itard's De l'education d'un homme sauvage (1801), describing his role as mentor and teacher of the "Wild Boy of Aveyron." The close and complex relationship between Itard and his "savage" pupil, whom Itard named Victor, was beautifully portrayed in François Truffaut's 1970 film, The Wild Child. In 1799 a young boy who had lived since infancy entirely apart from human contact was captured in the Caune woods near Saint-Sernin. This boy was brought to Paris, where, after achieving a brief notoriety as the "Sauvage de l'Aveyron," he was consigned to the care of the otologist Jean Itard, who undertook the difficult task of teaching him language and social mores. Itard's methods were based upon the philosopher Condillac's analytical approach to t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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