Chicago: Vaught-Rocine Pub. Co., 1907. Revised Edition. Octavo (20cm); grey-brown cloth, w/ lettering and illustration stamped in black; 257pp. Boards mildly soiled and toned; spinal extremities and leading corners rubbed; lower edges bumped. Interiors lightly smudged intermittently, else clean and sound. Very Good or Better.
Phrenology—the assessment of one's character through the shape of the skull— experienced a brief revival of popularity in the early 1900s, though it was already widely recognized as a bunk science by then. Phrenologist Louis Allen Vaught published his Practical Character Reader in 1902 (revised/reissued in 1907), but it experienced its own revival of popularity in the Internet age, when readers discovered and shared its bizarre theories and images through social media. Presciently, this revised edition's preface defends the "somewhat overdrawn" illustrations, leading one to wonder how the book was received by contemporary audiences.