The Philosophy of the Human Voice: Embracing its Physiological History; Together with a System of Principles by which Criticism in the Art of Elocution may be Rendered Intelligible and Instruction definite and comprehensive. To which is added a brief analysis of song and recitative.
Philadelphia: Grigg & Elliott, 1833. 8vo, [4, ads], xxx, -432, [2, ads]pp. Original speckled calf, black label, some spotting and foxing throughout. Ownership stamp of Richard B. Gooch at front. Generally a very good copy as issued. Second edition of this seminal study "which at the time was said to be the most advanced medical study of the human voice" (ANB), by Philadelphia physician James Rush (1786-1869). With over 30 diagrams and charts, including myriad musical notations to show the pitch and duration of syllables, the text offers a systematic notation for the description of speech sounds, followed by a detailed treatise on elocution, used for generations to teach oratory, articulation, and speech therapy. "As a medical scientist who was led to explore the entity called 'mind' and as a 'voice scientist' who rigorously studied vocal behavior, James Rush was probably the first investigator to see that mind is inseparable from the physical phenomena of self-expression" (Hale, 234-35). At the time of his death, Rush left an estate of more than one million dollars and his books to The Library Company of Philadelphia, which established the Ridgway Branch in his wife's name. Of historical note, James's father, the noted physician and politician Benjamin Rush, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, as was James's maternal grandfather, Richard Stockton. PRBM.
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