Puebla: 1892. xii,123,pp., plus twenty plates, of which nine folding. Contemporary quarter morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt. Moderate wear to spine leather, edges, and corners; some scuffing to boards. Light toning and dust soiling. Good plus. Item #2961
Borderline phrenological late-19th-century study of Mexican criminals by a pair of Pueblan army doctors, Francisco Martinez Baca and his assistant Manuel Vergara. The authors attempt some of usual tropes of phrenology, such cranial measurements and studies of head shapes. They also attempt to link various types of criminality with specific forms of brain damage, disease, or alcohol and drug addiction. Most interesting, principally because of the accompanying five dozen plates carrying a hundred mugshots of Mexican criminals, are their efforts to classify the appearance and character of perpetrators of certain crimes. Their findings are also presented in several large folding plates at the rear of the text. OCLC locates a handful of copies.