A manuscript compass in a phrenological box from 1810

A manuscript compass in a phrenological box from 1810




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Categories: Maritime, Medicine, Scientific, Navigational instruments, Other Medical Antiques, Surveying Instruments & Mining


A box with two phrenological illustrations, France, circa 1810-1815


An unique example of a box made in carboard and papiermaché with two illustrations showing phrenological scenes preserving a manuscrit compass made at the time, circa 1810-1815. The box and its compass are datable from the Napoleonic period.
The upper side shows a phrenologist explaining with a skull in his hands the different parts of the skull and their functions in the human spirits.
The lower side showns “organes cérébraux par le Docteur Gall”.
Some accidents and lacks at the two phrenological scenes.
Both sides are marked “déposé à la Bibliothèque impériale”.
The compass is well preserved and work perfectly.
8,5 diameter.

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FR Le Zograscope

Established by Alexandre Piffault in 2014 and based in Paris at 5 rue de Condé, 75006, very close to Odéon, Le Zograscope specializes in antique and rare books in Science, Medicine and Technology, and rare antique instruments in the same fields. We have especially a strong interest in early and continental microscopy, early and special mathematical/drawing instruments, medical and surgical instrument, and rare technology.

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