George Combe (1788-1858) rose from humble origins to tour widely in Europe and the United States, lecturing on phrenology, the popular Victorian belief that character traits were determined by the configuration of the skull. He founded Britain's first Phrenological Society in 1820 in Edinburgh, and was considered the foremost phrenologist of the nineteenth century. These volumes, first published in 1841, contain Combe's account of a phrenological lecture tour he undertook in the United States between 1838 and 1840. In the form of a journal, Combe describes the social and political institutions of the United States, and provides vivid descriptions of American society and customs. He also provides accounts of phrenological practice and the lectures he presented. These volumes provide a wealth of information on nineteenth-century society in America, and invaluable details concerning the practice of phrenology. Volume 1 covers his stay in New York and New England.
Preface; Introduction; 1. Voyage in the Great Western steam-ship from Bristol to New York, 1838; 2. American hotels; 3. Voyage on the Hudson to Albany; 4. Boston; 5. Life insurance; 6. Mr. Pierpont's church; 7. Journey from Boston to New York; 8. Negro slavery; 9. Journey to Philadelphia; Appendix.
Series: Cambridge Library Collection: Travel and Exploration (Paperback)
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 21st October 2010
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.54