An Annotated Catalogue of the Illustrations of Human and Animal Expression From the Collection of Charles Darwin

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The illustrations described in this catalogue were the subject of an exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London, from 5 February to 29 March, 1998.
Frontispiece only, no prints.


"This annotated catalog of nearly 200 photographs--preserved in the Darwin Papers of the Cambridge University Library--includes those used by Charles Darwin in illustrating the similarity of facial expression between humans and other animals in his last great work of evolution, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872). The brief introduction explains that, as advances were made in the technology of photography, it became apparent that the best illustrations drawn by draftsmen could not match the accuracy and detail in photographs. It adds that Darwin was an inveterate collector who made good use of these materials. The main part of the catalog supplies a description of each photograph, the type of print and negative, how it was used, its location in the Darwin Papers, marginal notes made by Darwin, and other information. In addition, the 30 photographs Darwin included in the first edition of The Expression are listed in a separate section. This is a helpful guide for Darwin scholars; however, with the exception of the cover and the frontispiece, there are no reproductions of the photographs that assisted Darwin in constructing such a powerful argument. Graduate students; faculty and researchers; professionals." - CHOICE

"In this fascinating catalogue, Phillip Prodger provides more than just important information about the illustrations in Darwin's extraordinary book on expression. Prodger also gives us a window into Darwin's thinking, his meticulous concern with the fine details of each illustration, and the intellectual context in which he lived and worked." - Paul Ekman

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Preface (Paul Ekman)
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Catalogue of Illustrations in the Darwin Collection: Prints, drawings, and photographs by James Crichton Browne; Oscar Gustave Rejlander; Giacomo Brogi; George Charles Wallich; Adolph Diedrich Kindermann; Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson]; James M. Landy; Guillaume-Benjamin Duchenne de Boulogne; Joseph Wolf; Briton Riviere; and others
Part 3: Lists of Illustrations Published in The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872)
Bibliography and Index)

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