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Bobba, C. G.
Un mot sur les idées du Docteur Gall avec un extrait de sa théorie tiré de l'original allemand
De l'imprimerie du génie typographique [1802], Milan. Octavo. Vellum boards (17 cm.), with leather lettering pieces to spine. Contents: 69, [3] pages, with some trimming to upper margin (not affecting text). Illustrated with long folded plate at rear (15 x 27 cm.), showing four views of Gall's phrenological skull, with 22 of the phrenological faculties enumerated. Extra-illustrated, with a lithographic portrait of Gall (by Delpech) bound as bold frontispiece. C. G. Bobba, then a member of the Faculty at the University of Göttingen, here offered one of the first Italian responses to Franz Joseph Gall, in the first year of the Napoleonic Republic of Northern Italy. Bobba structures the text in persuasive fashion, providing a translated "excerpt" from Gall's just-published Darsetllung der neuen auf untersuchungen der Verrichtungen des Gehirns gegrüdndeten theorie der Phisiognomik (Vienna, 1802), inflected by Bobba's running commentary in the footnotes. Bobba then concludes with a lengthy [24 pp.] critique of Gall's localization theory and, more generally, of the physiognomical methodolgy that descended from Lavater. "D'abord, que les facultés et inclinaisons soient innées ou non, qu'elles existent isolés les unes des autres, et que la nature les ayant reléguées et empaquetées chacune dans un coin particulier du cerveau, comme un épicier arrange ses drogues dans sa boutiques. Mr. Gall semble ignorer que la nature accomplit souvent des oeuvres de la plus grande importance dans des espaces incalculables pour nous." With only two OCLC records discovered, both on the Continent; ano … [Click Below for Full Description]
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