Publisher Information: New York: John Wiley, 1861.
Catlin, George (1796-1872). The breath of life. 76, pp. Text illustrations engraved after drawings by Catlin. New York: John Wiley, 1861. 223 x 150 mm. Original printed wrappers, stapled, spine a bit worn and with partial splits. Very good.
First Edition of this curious pamphlet on the dangers of mouth-breathing written and illustrated by the American painter George Catlin, famous for his portraits of Native Americans in the Old West. Catlin claimed that most of civilization's ills, from lung disease to idiocy, were rooted in this "unnatural" practice, and postulated that the superior health enjoyed by Native Americans was due to their habit of sleeping on their backs with heads tilted slightly forward, a posture that promoted closed-mouth sleeping.Book Id: 37286