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CAMPER, Pieter (1722--1789)
[Works. English. 1794]
The works of the late Professor Camper, on the connexion between the science of anatomy and the arts of drawing, painting, statuary, &c. &c. In two books. Containing a treatise on the natural difference of features in persons of different countries and periods of life; and on beauty, as exhibited in ancient sculpture; with a new method of sketching heads, national features, and portraits of individuals, with accuracy, &c. &c. Illustrated with seventeen plates, explanatory of the Professor's leading principles. Translated from the Dutch by T. Cogan, M.D.
London: printed for C. Dilly, 1794.
xxiii, [1], 175, [1] p., engr. port., X, VII fold. pl. ; 28.5 cm. (4°)

Translation of Verhandelng over het natuurlijk verschil der wezenstrekken in menschen and Redenvoeringen over de wyze, om de onderscheidene hartstogten op onze wezens te verbeelden. Based on lectures given by Camper before the municipal Akademie der Teekenkunst in Amsterdam for which he was awarded a gold medal. (See K.B. Roberts & J.D.W. Tomlinson, The fabric of the body: European traditions of anatomical illustration (Oxford 1992), pp. 340--2.) The translator, Thomas Cogan (1736--1818), married a Dutch heiress and lived for periods in Holland and England, practising in both countries as a minister and later as a doctor. He founded the Royal Humane Society in 1774, published novels, travel books, treatises 'on the passions' and ethics, and translations from the Dutch. In 1795 he returned to England where he remained until his death. With blank cancel-slip pasted over 'Corrections to be made in the Plates' on p. xxiii. ESTC t72478.

Copy Notes Purchased from Thomas Boone for 5s. 6d. on 18 March 1815 (paid 10 May). (Spiers Box). Inscribed in ink on title-page J W(?) Roberts.

Binding C19th maroon morocco, whole-plate stamped 'arabesque' decoration bearing the name of Remnant & Edmonds, London dateable to between 1829 and 1837. Soane must have been very interested in this new technique which was widely used for albums and the like later in the nineteenth century. The design of the covers, which are identical, is an elegant expression of late Regency taste. See P. Thornton and H. Dorey, A miscellany of objects from Sir John Soane's Museum (London 1992), p. 16, fig. 9; Charles Ramsden, London bookbinders 1780--1840, 1956 (reprinted 1987), p. 121.

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