Sends references to books by Charles Lebrun.
Metropolitan Board of Works | Spring Gardens
20 Nov 67.
My dear Sir,
The titles of the books I spoke to you about are—
Lebrun Charles— Conferences sur l'expression des differents
caracteres des passions— Paris 4
Lebrun Charles— Traitè de la physionomie aux rappat de la physionomie humaine avec celle des animaux 1 vol fol 56 plates. (no date)
Le Grand & Baltard— Dissertation sur le traitè de Lebrun. Atlas fol 37 plates Paris 1827. published at £2.2
Both the Passions & the Dissertation were in Bohn's catalogue 15 yrs ago but I do not see them in Quaritch's current catalogue, but they are not very rare & Murray could soon get them for you—
My copy of Sir C Bells Anatomy of Expression is 4
I have not forgotten the academic enquiries & have just got a batch of proof or rather revise from Paris in returning which I will propound the matter to my friend—
I hope you continue as flourishing as when we saw you this sharp morning touches up my back terribly. twas better on Wednesday—
With kindest remembrances to all your circle—
Yours very truly | E Cresy
C Darwin Esq–
- f1 5687.f1The reference is erroneous; Charles Le Brun delivered his lecture on the expression of the passions in spring 1668 (Montagu 1994, p. 142).
- f2 5687.f2Square brackets in original. For a detailed history of the numerous illustrated editions of Le Brun's work on human expression, see Montagu 1994, pp. 175--87. CD referred to Le Brun in Expression, quoting from Conférence tenue en l'académie royale de peinture et de sculpture par Charles Le Brun, sur l'expression générale et particulière, which was published in the ninth volume of Lavater 1820, pp. 257--302; there is an annotated copy of Lavater 1820 in the Darwin Library--CUL (see Marginalia 1: 484--5).
- f3 5687.f3Cresy refers to Jacques-Guillaume Legrand, Louis-Pierre Baltard, and Legrand and Baltard 1827.
- f4 5687.f4Cresy refers to Henry George Bohn, Bernard Quaritch, and John Murray.
- f5 5687.f5Cresy refers to Charles Bell and to Bell 1806. There is a heavily annotated copy of the third edition of Bell's Anatomy of expression (Bell 1844) in the Darwin Library--CUL; the inscription indicates that CD acquired it from Erasmus Alvey Darwin in November 1866 (see Marginalia 1: 47--9). CD referred frequently to the third edition in Expression. See also letter to A. R. Wallace, [12--17] March  and n. 8.
- f6 5687.f6Cresy had spent time in Paris while training as an architect (DNB).