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[BADHAM, Charles David].
The Question Concerning the Sensibility, Intelligence, and Instinctive Actions of Insects, by SCARABAEUS.

pp. (iv), 54. New cloth, ink blot on the Dedication leaf [to Sir Benjamin Brodie], else a very good copy, ex libris RICHARD FREEMAN, Darwin scholar and bibliographer, with his purchase notes at the front [£3 in 1968 and 70p for the rebind in 1971 !], also his brief note - 'A tract to prove that insects have neither brains nor senses.'

*FREEMAN British Natural History Books, #147; COPAC records copies in the BL - Oxford _ Lambeth Palace - Southampton. Rev. Dr. CHARLES DAVID BADHAM MD, FRCP (27 August 1805 14 July 1857) was an English writer, physician, entomologist, and mycologist. He was the son of Charles Badham, Regius Professor of the Practice of Medicine at the University of Glasgow. His mother was Margaret Campbell, known as "the Queen of Scots" and subject of a portrait by Ingres. His younger brother, confusingly called Charles Badham, was a noted classical scholar. Adding to the confusion, another younger brother, also called Charles Badham, became vicar of All Saints Sudbury in Suffolk. Charles David (or simply David) Badham was educated at Westminster and subsequently at Emmanuel College, Cambridge where he graduated BA in 1826. Following his father's career in medicine, he went on to Pembroke College, Oxford, receiving his MB in 1830 and MD in 1833, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. David Badham started his medical career in Scotland, where he achieved some notoriety for setting a patient's irregular heartbeat to music. In 1833, a Radcliffe travelling fellowship allowed him to practise medicine in France and Italy, for some of the time as personal physician to Thomas Barrett-Leonard MP. He returned to England in 1845 and, through poor health, relinquished medicine and took holy orders. Badham was appointed curate of Wymondham in Norfolk by Bishop Stanley who became his friend. Subsequently he was appointed curate of East Bergholt in Suffolk, where he remained till his death. He married Anna Hume, daughter of James Deacon Hume, Secretary to the Board of Trade. David's brother Charles (the Sudbury one) married her sister and subsequently wrote a biography of J.D. Hume. David Badham published a number of medical papers during his early career, but thereafter wrote widely on a range of subjects, mainly natural history, and was a regular contributor to Blackwood's Magazine and subsequently Frazer's Magazine. He was an early member of the Société entomologique de France and published the above pamphlet whilst in France claiming that insects lacked intelligence or senses, being governed entirely by blind instinct. He continued the same theme in a later book called Insect Life published in 1845. Contemporary reviews suggest that British entomologists thought little of his thesis. His work on the esculent funguses of England, published in 1847 was more successful. Eating wild fungi was considered an eccentric and dangerous pastime in England at the time and the book attracted some popular interest, if only as a curiosity. The original edition contained colour plates by the noted mycological illustrator Anna Maria Hussey. A second (posthumous) edition was published in 1863, edited by mycologist Frederick Currey.

A. Belin. Paris.

Date Published: No date [1837].

Stock No. 62609

Price: 85.00