ou, Analyse électro-physiologique de l'expression des passions des arts plastiques.
Paris : Jules Renouard, 1862.
Descriptions, three formats :
Petit édition : frontis., vi, [1 l.], 70, (v)-xi, 194 p, [9 l. pl] ; ills.: phot. frontis., 9 photo composites (144 figs.) ; 28 cm.
Grande édition : text vol.— vi, [1 l.], 70 p., [1 l.] pl, xi, 194 p. ; 28 cm. ; atlas vol.— 4 p., frontis., 9 l. pl (composites), 84 l. pl ; 29 cm.
Grande édition de luxe : frontis., 84 (dbl. col.) p, [84 l.] pl ; 41 cm.
Photographers : Duchenne de Boulogne & Adrien Tournachon (1825-1903).
Subject : Mimetic muscles — Physiognomy; electrophysiology.
For the American reception, read the obscure 1870 review of the Mécanisme Physionomie written by Dr. M. L. Edgeworth for Hammond's Journal of Psychological Medicine»».
The citations of this master work are too numerous to list. The Duchenne scholar will find that many of the references are accessible on the internet as well as at least two online facsimilies of the book itself (BIUM, France »» ).
Here is a short video clip about Darwin's copy of the Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine—archived at Cambridge University »»
The quarto, Grande édition de luxe, was sold by subscription and the first copies issued were illustrated by 72 albumens, comprising a frontispiece portrait of Duchenne with his subject and albumen plates numbered 3-73 (plates 1 and 2 are engravings). Later copies are illustrated by a complete set of 84 numbered whole plates (82 albumens) in addition to the frontispiece and another 9 albumen plates that are composites of 144 figures, reproducing just the heads of the subjects portrayed by the whole plates. Most copes of the octavo, Grande édition, have the same illustrations, but they are reduced in size. Variant copies of the large octavo edition have the composite plates and some number of the whole plates.