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The Genuine Husband by L.A. Vaught

The Genuine Husband by L.A. Vaught


The subject of phrenology, or the idea that a person’s intellect, personality, and character can be determined by the shape of his or her skull, is already bizarre, but L.A. Vaught (1860-1903) took it to unique extremes with his 1902 “Vaught’s Practical Character Reader.”  This self-published volume of 257 pages, with illustrations on nearly every page (five of which are offered here), is one of the most unintentionally funny books ever produced. Where phrenology focuses only on skull shape and bumps to read character, Vaught’s “research” allowed him to add facial features to the list. He lays out his 42 elements of human nature (such as acquisitiveness, slovenliness, benevolence, pugnacity, etc.) and explains how they can be “read” in people’s heads, noses, ears, and chins. “Its facts can be completely demonstrated by all who will take the unprejudiced pains to do so,” Vaught states in the introduction. “It is ready for use. It is practical. Use it.”



  • Series title: Phrenology Diagrams
  • Series size: 05 artworks
  • Edition: Limited edition of 1000
  • Proof of Ownership: Certification on the Ethereum blockchain under the ERC1155 protocol. Each artwork is delivered privately and directly to collectors as non-fungibl