Hamilton [Canada West, i.e. Ontario]: Published by Samuel Morrison, 1857. First edition. Small 8vo, original blind-stamped cloth, Cloth rather faded and a bit rubbed, with a bit of nibbling to the front joint; rear hinge cracked, a little stiff, and perhaps strengthened at an early date with glue; some light foxing; a good, sound copy. Item #17828
“Perhaps the reader will accuse me of having greatly digressed from my subject, namely, Free Agency and Fatalism. My object has been, first, to prove Phrenology to be of divine origin.” A curious bit of small-town Canadian scientific philosophy from a resident of the village of Smithville, County of Lincoln, C. W. (i.e., Ontario) and this ambitious attempt to reconcile science and materialism to Christianity. DeCourcey does not seem to have left much of a trace on the history of Smithville (Frank Page’s Story of Smithville, 1923 is curiously silent on DeCourcey). With the large bookplate of the Michigan esoteric author and even more esoteric collector Joseph Sadony on the front paste-down.