Phrenological Chart and Examination of the Cranium of Jno. W. Richardson, Esq. by H. Lee . . . [caption title; with:] 3-page manuscript, “Analysis of the Phrenological Character of John W. Richardson Esq. By H. Lee. May, 1842.”. Phrenology, H. Lee.

Phrenological Chart and Examination of the Cranium of Jno. W. Richardson, Esq. by H. Lee . . . [caption title; with:] 3-page manuscript, “Analysis of the Phrenological Character of John W. Richardson Esq. By H. Lee. May, 1842.”

[N. p.], May, 1843. First edition. Printed broadside with blanks completed in autograph ink, 14.5 x 10 inches, phrenological chart vignette. 2 leaves wove paper, 10.25 x 8 inches, autograph ink (docketed on the verso of the second leaf), approx. 410 words. Chart unobtrusively and neatly repaired along the splits along the old folds; generally foxed and browned, with edge loss and a small hole to one leaf, with loss of a letter or two but no loss of sense; in good, sound condition. Item #18679

“Hopeful but has short fits of melancholy. Generally conscientious – truthful & honest just according to the degree of influence of the circumstances with which he has been surrounded, having no natural inclination either to lying or dishonesty, unless it is to carry out some sportive scheme – act out a joke.” An uncommon ephemeral example of a full broadside chart plus an autograph analysis from a phrenologist about whom little has yet been easily dredged up; a search of OCLC calls up no obvious candidates. The subject scores fairly well on organs of benevolence and self-esteem; his intellectual faculties run a little toward “rather small.” Typography and spelling suggest an American production.

Price: $800.00