[Walker on] Beauty: Illustrated Chiefly by an Analysis and Classification of Beauty in Woman

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Walker, Alexander

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Walker, Alexander. [Walker on] Beauty: Illustrated Chiefly by an Analysis and Classification of Beauty in Woman. New York: J. & H. G. Langley, 1841. pp. xx, 390 [3 pages of publisher’s advertisements]. 8vo. Ribbed black cloth boards embossed with floral decoration and ornaments to spine and front board; gilt rules and lettering to spine. Lightest edgewear, period ink name and date to ffep, very faint foxing to endpapers and the margins of pages (unaffecting text). Text-block remains remarkably bright and clean with tight, sound binding; a very handsome presentation; very good+. An ill-advised and decidedly sexist exercise wherein the author examines female beauty through an “analysis” of their physical and physiognomic attributes. Walker enjoyed a wide and popular audience during his time and whose work was readily accepted as empirically and philosophically sound. This was the first in a trilogy dedicated to women which included: Intermarriage (originally published in 1838, see our listing for this title) and Woman (published in 1839). Sections titles include: The Elements of Beauty; As To Decency and Morality; Combinations and Transitions of the Three Species of Female Beauty; Proportion, Character , Expression etc.; The Greek Ideal [of] Beauty amongst others. Very Good +. Hardcover. (#692) $50.00