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The Works Of The Late Professor Camper, On The Connexion between the Science of Anatomy And The Arts of Drawing, Painting, Statuary, &c., &c. In Two Books. Containing A Treatise On The Natural Difference Of Features In Persons Of Different Countries And Periods Of Life; And On Beauty, As Exhibited In Ancient Sculpture; With A New Method Of Sketching Heads, National Features, And Portraits Of Individuals, With Accuracy, &c. &c. Illustrated With Seventeen Plates, Explanatory of the Professor's leading Principles. Translated From The Dutch By T. Cogan, M. D.

Petrus Camper

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[Verhandelng over het natuurlijk verschil der wezenstrekken in menschen and Redenvoeringen over de wyze., English.]


London:: Printed For C. Dilly, In The Poultry, 1794.

Physical Description

xxiii, [i], 175, [1] p., frontis. (port.), 7, 10 (5 fold.) pl.; 293 mm. (Quarto).


[Frontis. (port.), t.p.] - Preface, By the Translator - Table Of Contents - Corrections to be made in the Plates; Errata - Introduction - [Text] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece portrait is signed as drawn by Reinr. Vinkeles and engraved by T. Kirk. All plates are signed as engraved by T. Kirk.

Each plate carries the publisher's imprint and the date Nov. 1. 1794 - except plate 9.


M.C. Meijer, Race and aesthetics in the anthropology of Petrus Camper (1722-1789) (1999); K.B. Roberts and J.D.W. Tomlinson, The Fabric of the Body European Traditions of Anatomical Illustration (1992), p.340-6; G. Tonelli, 'Le dottrine estetiche di Pieter Camper', in Giornale critico della filosofia italiana (1956).
ESTC, T72478.


An electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm version was published in 1986 (Woodbridge CT: Research Publications).


Acquired between 1794 and 1802. Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, grey cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'R.A. 1794', red morocco spine-label lettered 'Camper's Anatomy'.


Anatomy, Artistic - Physiognomy - Heads (representations) - Drawing
Treatises - Netherlands - 18th century
Treatises - Translations into English - Translations from Dutch - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Thomas Cogan, translator
Charles Dilly, publisher
Thomas Kirk, engraver
Reinier Vinkeles, draughtsman