The philosophy of the human voice: embracing its physiological history; together with a system of ... The philosophy of the human voice: embracing its physiological history; together with a system of ...

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.

Rush, James.

Published by Grigg & Elliot, Philadelphia, 1833
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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. Provenance: Ownership signature of S.J.P. Anderson, "Hanover College, In., Jan. 1836"; later 19th-century bookplate of James J. Anderson, Nashville, IL. S.J.P. was among other things a => famed pulpit orator for whom a book like this would have been of special interest; he was sufficiently well known as such that the makers of "Brown's Bronchial Troches" long published his testimonial that their lozenges were "EFFECTUAL in removing Hoarseness and Irritation of the Throat, so common with SPEAKERS and SINGERS." 8vo (21.7 cm, 8.5 "). [4 (ads)] ff., 432 pp. American Imprints 21025; Sabin 74251 (note); ANB online (James Rush). On Rush's contribution to American elocution studies, see: L. Hale, Dr. James Rush, in K. Wallace, ed., History of speech education in America, pp. 219?37. Publisher's full plain sheep, modest gilt tooling to spine and board edges. A foxed copy, with also a light semicircular waterstain across gutter in lower margins; still, complete and sound with its paper unsoiled, untattered, and strong. Bookseller Inventory # 34827

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Title: The philosophy of the human voice: embracing...

Publisher: Grigg & Elliot, Philadelphia

Publication Date: 1833

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