LAVATER, Johann Caspar (1741-1801). Lavater’s Zur Beförderung der Menschenkenntniss und Menschenliebe. Vervollständigte neue Auflage der verkürzt herausgegebenen Physiognomischen Fragmente. (Im Einverständnisse mit dem Verleger).
Vienna: J. P. Sollinger, 1829. Signed
4 volumes. 8vo. [iv], 164; [ii], 157; [ii], 189; [ii], 199 pp. Frontispiece portrait of the author, 119 + 1 [unnumbered] [i.e. =120] engraved plates [30 + 30 + 30 + 29 + 1 pl.]. Original full German black paste paper over boards, manuscript title on 3 spine labels; rubbed. Ownership signatures of M. Gmelin and Hamilton Osgood, M.D., inscribed to [his daughter] Gretchen [Osgood] Warren, “with love.” Abridged version of the 1775-1778 edition in 4 volumes. With about 600 images on nearly 120 plates, with notable portraits including Samuel Johnson, Sterne, Samuel Clarke, Voltaire, Goethe, Friedrich II, Herder, La Fontaine, Mendelssohn, Daniel Chodowiecki, Isaac Newton, as well as many ordinary people including criminals and animals. PROVENANCE: Hamilton Osgood, M.D. (1838-1908), of Boston, was known to Sir William Osler, who received from Osgood’s widow a copy of Eustachius’s Tabulae Anatomicae, 1714 and Fabricius’ De Auditu, 1600. – See Bibliotheca Osleriana. Gretchen Osgood Warren (1868–1961), a famous actress, singer and poet, was the daughter of Dr. Hamilton Osgood and Margaret Cushing Osgood of Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts. Her younger sister was Mary Alden Childers, was the wife of writer and Irish nationalist Robert Erskine Childers. Gmelin could be: Johann Friedrich Gmelin (1748–1804), German naturalist, botanist, entomologist, herpetologist and malacologist. In 1769, Gmelin became an adjunct professor of medicine at University of Tübingen. In 1773 he became professor of philosophy and adjunct professor of medicine at University of Göttingen. He was promoted to full professor of medicine and professor of chemistry, botany and mineralogy in 1778. He died in 1804 in Göttingen. See: Leonard Piper, The Tragedy of Erskine Childers, (2006), pp. 87-88.