Lot 210: Noted Scottish surgeon and physiologist (1774–1842) who described such disorders as Bell's palsy and who wrote prolifically on human anatomy and neurology. Handwritten manuscript, unsigned, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.25 x 9, no date. Portion of a draft for his work The Anatomy and Philosophy of Expression as Connected with the Fine Arts, incorporating three sketched diagrams of heads and faces. In part: "The qualities of mind as evinced in expression, may redeem any degree of deformity, but the character of the face here is that of rickets. The prominence of the forehead is not the development of Brain but arises from the accumulation of bone…Here we have a further opportunity of observing that the projection of the facial line unaccompanied with due conformity of features only adds to the deformity." In very good condition, with scattered creases, a tear to the left edge, and areas of paper loss to edges of the second page. Accompanied by a modern reprint of the book. Slightly revised versions of the first sketch and first paragraph appear the published edition of The Anatomy and Philosophy of Expression, while much of the second page appears to be unpublished. Bell's studies on emotional expression, the central focus of this book, were influential in Charles Darwin's theories on the origins of human emotion.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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