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ILLUSTRATED CHIEFLY BY AN
ANALYSIS AND CLASSIFICATION
BEAUTY IN WOMAN.
BY ALEXANDER WALKER,
ON PHYSIOLOGY,” “ THE NERVOUS SYSTEM," ETC.
EDITED BY AN AMERICAN PHYSICIAN
J. & H. G. LANGLEY, 57 CHATHAM STREET.
BOSTON: WEEKS, JORDAN, & co.
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
FROM THE LIBRARY OF
JUNE 28, 1938
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1840,
By J. & H. G. LANGLEY, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New
GEORGE BIRBECK, M.D., F.G.S.,
PRESIDENT OF THE LONDON MECHANICS' INSTITUTION, &c., &c., &o.
A DEPARTMENT of science, which in many respects must be regarded as new, cannot so properly be dedicated to any one as to the inventor of the best mode of diffusing scientific knowledge among the most meritorious and most oppressed classes of society.
When the enemies of freedom, in order effectually to blind the victims of their . spoliation, imposed a tax upon knowledge, you rendered the acquirement of science easy by the establishment of mechanics' institutions
you gave the first and greatest impulse to that diffusion of knowledge which will render the repetition of such a conspiracy against humanity impossible.
You more than once also wrested a reluctant concession, in behalf of untaxed knowledge, from the men who had evidently succeeded, in some degree, to the spirit, as well as to the office, of the original conspirators, and who unwisely hesitated between the bad interest which is soon felt by all participators in expensive government, and their dread of the new and triumphant power of public opinion, before which they know and feel that they are but as the chaff before the whirlwind.
For these services, accept this respectful dedication, as the expression of a homage, in which I am sure that I am joined by thousands of Britons.
Nor, in writing this, on a subject of which your extensive knowledge enables you so well to judge, am I without a peculiar and personal motive.
I gratefully acknowledge that, in one of the most earnest and strenuous mental efforts I ever made, in my work on “The Nervous System," I owed to your cautions as to logical reasoning and careful induction, an anxiety at least, and a zeal in these respects, which, whatever success may have attended them, could not well be exceeded.
I have endeavored to act conformably with the same cautions in the present work. He must be weak-minded, indeed, who can seek for aught in philosophy but the discovery of truth; and he must be a coward who, believing he has discovered it, has any scruple to announce it.
ALEXANDER WALKER. APRIL 10, 1836.
The present volume completes the series of Mr. Walker's anthropological works. To say that they have met with a favorable reception from the American public, would be but a very inadequate expression of the unprecedented success which has attended their publication. “ INTERMARRIAGE,” the first of the series, passed through six large editions within eighteen months, and “ WOMAN," has met with a sale scarcely less extensive. The numerous calls for the present work, have compelled the publishers to issue it sooner than they had contemplated; and, it is believed, that it will be found not less worthy of attention than the preceding.
All must acknowledge the interesting nature of the subject treated in the present work, as well as its intimate connexion with those which have already passed under discussion. The analysis of beauty on philosophical principles, is attended with numerous difficulties, not the least of which arises from the war of any fixed and acknowl. edged standard. The term Beauty is, indeed, generally considered as a vague generality, varying according to national, and even individual taste and judgment.