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Part II on Phrenology brings us to A Phrenological Dictionary of 19th Century Americans, 1982 (WorldCat), and The Phrenological Journal, Vols. 43-44, 1866-67 (WorldCat). Phrenological Journal was a crazy magazine that had all kinds of random stuff in it. The only things phrenological were the individual case studies and the “teachings” on morality. The Dictionary collected some of the better case studies into one book.

Details like these make me happy when I find them in books.

HOTTT!!!

FIREBRANDS - I like that word.

Helen Keller as a child.

Listed under CRIMINALS

More pictures at Flickr.

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Part one of a two part series on Phrenology. The idea came to me while skimming the Darwin text a few weeks back. I’ve got four books today and two more for the next post: A System of Phrenology, George Combe, 1843 (WorldCat); Phrenology, J.G. Spurzheim, 1834 (WorldCat); Heads and Faces and How to Read Them, Nelson Sizer, 1891 (WorldCat); and Mental Functions of the Brain, Bernard Holland, 1901 (WorldCat).

Pseudoscience at its best!

Pseudoscience at its best!

This is actually the original cover to the book. I find it odd that the o is falling the opposite direction of the f.

This is actually the original cover to the book. I find it odd that the o is falling the opposite direction of the rest of the letters.

Larger size here.

Three out of the four books had spots (from water?) throughout the book.

All of them did have an illstration of Pope Alexander VI. Man, they HATED that guy.

All of them had an illstration of Pope Alexander VI. Man, they HATED that guy.

As before, more pictures on Flickr.

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Two books that at first glance may not have much in common:

Graven Images, by Allan Ludwig (WorldCat)

The MS-DOS Encyclopedia, Microsoft Press, Edited by Ray Duncan (WorldCat)

Both deal with the dead, and speak of the symbols and glyphs chosen to represent them. And while the subjects of Graven Images date back some 300-400 years, The MS-DOS Encyclopedia only goes back twenty. However, that equates to about 350 Internet Years.

Death and Time

"Death and Time"

Detail of map of graves

Detail of map of graves

At 1500+ pages, the MS-DOS Encyclopedia is about 75 cents wide

At 1500+ pages, the MS-DOS Encyclopedia is about 75 cents wide

64K of memory - what to do with it all?

64K of memory - what to do with it all?

I think this snippet of code was used to stop Master Control in Tron

I think this snippet of code was used to stop Master Control in Tron

More pics at Flickr.

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