Paris: Veuve Jules Renouard, 1862.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003154
8vo (270 x 179 mm). vi , 194 pp., including frontispiece with albumen print, 9 plates of albumen prints each showing 16 images of physiognomic studies. Bound in contemporary three-quarter calf, spine with gilt-lettered morocco label and some gilt decoration, marbled endpapers (slight rubbing of extremities, corners bumped and scuffed). Text with minor uneven scattered foxing, a few pages little browned, but generally a fresh and clean copy. ----
Hirsch II, p.226ff; cf. Garrison-Morton 4973; Waller 2607. RARE FIRST EDITION. Duchenne studied the mechanism of facial expression during emotion; his atlas of photographs is a most important contribution to medical photography." (Garrison-Morton). "Duchenne was the first to use electricity for the study of the anatomy of the human body. For this specific work, he stimulated the muscles of the face with electricity and recorded the various results in photographs that he himself made. In doing so, he in effect distanced himself from the traditional notion that the passions and expressions were metaphysically motivated. The results of his research were used by Charles Darwin in The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1873). - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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