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BROCA, Paul a.o.
Mémoires de la Société d'Anthropologie de Paris.

pp. (iv), CXXXIX, (i), 434. 13 plates [2 folding maps, 1 double-page]. Original mottled paper boards, wearing along the sides of the spine, front free end-paper brittle and chipped at the edges, occasional foxing, with the original wrappers of the four fascicules bound in at the end, a very good copy.

*Contains a number of contributions by PAUL BROCA including - 'Sur le stéréographe, nouvel instrument crâniographique destiné a dessiner tous les détails de relief des corps solides' and PAUL TOPINARD - 'Étude sur les Tasmaniens', with 3 lithographed plates of crania. Broca (1824-1880) was one of the foremost of French anthropologists and devised many ingenious instruments in craniometry and cranioscopy, developing the study as a modern discipline. Topinard (1830-1912) was curator of the Society's Museum in Paris and known eponymously for Topinard's 'line' and 'angle'. His above study of the craniometry of the Tasmanian aborigines was conducted before the death of the last member of this ancient group in 1876., a woman named Truganina. He mentions that she was still living as sole member of the race and that the moment had arrived to study the eight crania in the Paris museum. DAVID DAVIES The Last of the Tasmanians, 1973, lists this essay in his bibliography and reprints a couple of Topinard's tables of cranial measurements, possibly taken from his 'L'Anthropologue', 1876, since they differ from the tables in the Mémoire. Very little physical evidence of the Tasmanians exists - a few photographs, a few skeletal remains, some stone implements; Topinard's study has great historial value in the context of this dearth of material.

Victor Masson et Fils. Paris.

Date Published: 1868. Tome Troisième.

Stock No. 56213

Price: £150.00