Physionomies Nationales des Peuples, ou Les traits de leur Visage Comparés à leur Moeurs et Caractères. ANONYMOUS.
Physionomies Nationales des Peuples, ou Les traits de leur Visage Comparés à leur Moeurs et Caractères.
Physionomies Nationales des Peuples, ou Les traits de leur Visage Comparés à leur Moeurs et Caractères.
Physionomies Nationales des Peuples, ou Les traits de leur Visage Comparés à leur Moeurs et Caractères.
Physionomies Nationales des Peuples, ou Les traits de leur Visage Comparés à leur Moeurs et Caractères.
Physionomies Nationales des Peuples, ou Les traits de leur Visage Comparés à leur Moeurs et Caractères.
Physionomies Nationales des Peuples, ou Les traits de leur Visage Comparés à leur Moeurs et Caractères.
Physionomies Nationales des Peuples, ou Les traits de leur Visage Comparés à leur Moeurs et Caractères.
Physionomies Nationales des Peuples, ou Les traits de leur Visage Comparés à leur Moeurs et Caractères.

Physionomies Nationales des Peuples…
Physionomies Nationales des Peuples, ou Les traits de leur Visage Comparés à leur Moeurs et Caractères.

Paris: Delaunay, c. 1810.

Duodecimo, 25 engraved plates (all hand coloured); mottled pink wrappers.

Peoples of the world, and their characters shown on their faces

First edition of this fascinating French physiognomical study of the peoples of the world, which compares the facial structures and features of various European races with those of Asians, Africans, and the native inhabitants of many newly-discovered regions including Nootka Sound, Kamchatka, the Sandwich Islands, New Zealand and Australia.

First edition of this fascinating French physiognomical study of the peoples of the world, which compares the facial structures and features of various European races with those of Asians, Africans, and the native inhabitants of many newly-discovered regions including Nootka Sound, Kamchatka, the Sandwich Islands, New Zealand and Australia.

The detailed text is illustrated with fine handcoloured engraved plates mainly derived from voyage accounts; for example, the portraits of natives of the Hawaiian Islands, Tanna and Nootka Sound are all based on images that appeared in the publications of Cook's voyages. However, reflecting the importance of the portraits done by Petit while he was in Australia as a member of the Baudin expedition, the example of an Australian aborigine is a good copy of the portrait of "Mosquito" or Y-erran-gou-la-ga, the Port Jackson man, evidence that this portrait, published in Péron's account of the Baudin voyage, became one of the most widely disseminated of all aboriginal images.

This is a rare work, known to Ferguson only from his own copy, and not noted by Forbes for the Hawaiian National Bibliography.

Ferguson (Addenda), 505a; not in Forbes.

Price (AUD): $5,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504201

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