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Bobba, C. G.; Belliard, Zéphirin (illustrator)
Un mot sur les idées du Docteur Gall avec un extrait de sa théorie tiré de l'original allemand
Milan: De l'imprimerie du génie typographique, [1802]. Extra illustrated copy. Octavo. Vellum boards (17 cm.), with leather lettering pieces to spine. Contents: 69, [3] pages, with some trimming to upper margin (not affecting text). Text in French. Illustrated with long folding plate at rear (15 x 27 cm.), showing four views of Gall’s phrenological skull, with 22 of the phrenological faculties enumerated; some creases. This copy extra-illustrated with a lithographic portrait of Gall by Belliard, bound as bold frontispiece. Then-member of the Faculty at the University of Göttingen, C. G. Bobba here published one of the first responses to Franz Joseph Gall, in the first year of the Napoleonic Republic of Northern Italy. Bobba structures the text in persuasive fashion, offering his French translation of a lengthy excerpt from Gall’s just-published Darsetllung der neuen auf untersuchungen der Verrichtungen des Gehirns gegrüdndeten theorie der Phisiognomik (Vienna, 1802). At the same time, the text is inflected by Bobba’s running commentary in the footnotes; a form of bias perhaps worth noting, given Bobba’s conclusion to the work: a lengthy [24] pp. critique of Gall’s localization theory and, more generally, of the physiognomical method that he felt descended from Lavater. This copy bound-with a lithographic portrait of Gall by Zéphirin Belliard (Burgess, Portraits of doctors and scientists in the Wellcome, no. 1071.14); not called-for. With only two OCLC records discovered, both on the Continent; another two recorded by SBN.
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