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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

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Charles R. Darwin. Three books: The Origins of Species, 1936 (WorldCat); Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. 1, 1900 (WorldCat); Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. 2, 1868 (WorldCat).

"It has been shown from many facts that the largest amount of life can be supported on each area, by great diversification or divergence in the structure and constitution of its inhabitants."

"In scientific investigations it is permitted to invent any hypothesis, and if it explains various large and independent classes of facts it rises to the rank of a well-grounded theory."

"How inexplicable is the similar pattern of the hand of a man, the foot of a dog, the wing of a bat, the flipper of a seal on the doctrine of independent acts of creation!"

"...I believe in the truth of the theory {of Natural Selection} because it collects, under one point of view, and gives a rational explanation of, many apparently independent classes of facts."

"From the strong principle of inheritance, any selected variety will tend to propagate its new and modified form."

"Furthermore, I am convinced that Natural Selection has been the most important, but not exclusive, means of modification."

"Even when we are quite alone, how often do we think with pleasure or pain of what others think of us?"

"At the moment of action, man will no doubt be apt to follow the stronger impulse; and though this may occasionally prompt him to the noblest deeds, it will more commonly lead him to gratify his own desires at the expense of other men."

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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

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Typography. Sweet, sweet Typography. Today’s finds are: The Elements of Typographic Style (WorldCat), The ITC Typeface Collection (WorldCat), and The Typographic Book: 1450-1935 (WorldCat). I went looking for Elements in the Arts Library and didn’t find it in the stacks. Our online catalog said it was not checked out so I thought, “Maybe it’s in the oversize section”. I made my way down two floors and searched the oversize section to no avail. Instead, I stumbled on the other two books. Oof, these boys were large! I decided to check them out and take them with me at any rate. And since I had to pass by where I originally looked for Elements, I thought I’d look for it one more time. And what do you know? I found it. Persistence is a virtue I always have to work at but it usually pays off.

All black.

All black.

Mmmm. Avante Guard.

Avant Guard Gothic. Bold yet caring.

Bauhaus Light tastes great AND is less filling

Reason #1: Bauhaus Light tastes great AND is less filling.

Size matters.

Size matters.

A page from a Gutenburg Bible.

A page from a Gutenberg Bible.

Minimalists, those Germans.

Minimalists, those Germans.

I’ve got a set of 30 pictures on Flickr. These three books are definitely my favorite find so far.

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