When this monograph was first published in 1872, there already existed a good deal of thought on facial expression via the study of physiognomy; this work, notes Charles Darwin (1809-82), was full of 'surprising nonsense'. Setting aside the assumption of previous studies that human facial muscles were created specifically for a range of expressions unique to the species, Darwin sets out here to make a systematic study of both human and animal expression. The range of his research is extraordinarily wide: he not only ...
When this monograph was first published in 1872, there already existed a good deal of thought on facial expression via the study of physiognomy; this work, notes Charles Darwin (1809-82), was full of 'surprising nonsense'. Setting aside the assumption of previous studies that human facial muscles were created specifically for a range of expressions unique to the species, Darwin sets out here to make a systematic study of both human and animal expression. The range of his research is extraordinarily wide: he not only experimented on himself, but observed infants, consulted doctors in psychiatric hospitals and sent out requests to missionaries and travellers for first-hand notes on the expressions of aboriginal peoples. Learned, meticulous and illustrated with an impressive array of drawings, photographs and engravings, Darwin's work stands as an important contribution to the study of human behaviour and its origins.
Good. Darwin, Charles. The Expression of the Emotion in Man and Animals. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1898. 372pp. Indexed. Illustrated. 8vo. Wine cloth with gilt titles on spine. Book condition: Good with rubbed and bumped edges, top edge and spine soiled with a tiny flap at foot of spine. Endsheet cracked at front hinge exposing the super with former owner's initials in ink on top of front free endsheet. Pages yellow with some light chipping to edges.
Fair. Quarter bound in red leather with marbled boards. Heavy wear to spine, leather has chipped away at the top. Rubbing at edges and corners. Ex-library. Pages are clean, no foxing. Boards clean, binding tight. Over 500, 000 Internet Orders FIlled.
ISBN. Hardback. No Dust jacket. Very Good Condition. Tight sound copy with owner's book plate on inside front pastedown, browning, rubs and fraying to leather ends of spine, some browning to edges of interior pages, rubs to edges and corners of covers. No statement of later printing on copyright page.
Very Good. No Dust Jacket Issued. 8vo. "Authorize Edition" The 1/4 leather spine has been rebound with the original marbled boards. It is illustrated: there are 21 figutes (diagrams, drawings), 75 full page plates and numeroug photos. This is not an ex-library. Top edge gilt. 373 pages.
Very Good. No Jacket. No date. Circa 1899. #666 of 1000. V Authorized Edition. Red cloth. Gilt at top of pages. Boards show mild wear. Table of Contents uncut. Careful packing and fast, efficient shipping including delivery confirmation. International Priority Air Mail shipping available for this item.
Very Good. Issued Without Dust Jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall. Text block tight and complete. Appears unread. Spine has darkened just a bit. The Expression of Emotion is still considered to be definitive as a scientific study of emotional expression in man and animals.
First American edition, v, , 374,  (ads) pp., 7 photographic plates, some of which are folding; original gilt & black stamped maroon cloth (hardcover), remnants of a book plate to the front paste down, edges of the binding worn, occasional pencil marginalia, the plates are very good. Photos available upon request.
This book clearly demonstrates the brilliance of Darwin, His work is still used to day in the study of emotional dynamics.
Aug 23, 2008
Another classic from Darwin
Darwin?s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals came after The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man. In this work Darwin illustrates the basic suite of human facial expressions and allied bodily movements and relates these to the expression of emotions in animals. He provides a very argument for how far genetics preponderate in the expression of emotions, and at what point human gestures and expressions come to be determined by culture. His solution is that the basic suite of emotions have a universal expression in all human societies, but that beyond these, gestures are culturally-determined. (The expression of emotions are also culturally-determined in that different societies have different rules on how openly individuals are allowed to express the basic emotions). Would that more intemperate researchers of later times (those who try to put everything down to nature or, alternatively, everything down to culture) read these pages and took note.
Paul Ekman?s edition is a putative third edition of the work; The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals had only one edition during Darwin?s lifetime. A second edition was edited by his son and published after his death, but did not include all the material that Darwin would have wanted to include, which is now in this edition. The only problem I have with it is that Ekman discusses his own research in this area in text boxes where Darwin?s words suggest such a discussion. This seems rather presumptuous, and I would have thought it would have been better to put this discussion in footnotes.
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