1905 HUMAN CULTURE Devoted To The Character Reading Art and To Human Nature FIVE Monthly Issues NEW THOUGHT Spiritualist OCCULT Phrenology and Physiognomy
Scarce New Thought periodical devoted to self improvement, lessons on character reading, health reform, mental training, personal well being, building personal potential, power of the mind, and success though fin de siècle metaphysical, spiritual and occult arts. Naturopathic in philosophy, it reveals that sickness originates in the mind, and "right thinking" is healing. A progenitor of New Age self help and motivational programs (seems like it could have inspired Werner Erhard!). Character Reading was part of the New Thought quest for self help methods that help you attain a successful life.
HUMAN CULTURE Devoted To The Character Reading Art & to Human Nature, Human Science, Human Culture, Human Health, Human Progress, Human Success, and Human Happiness. Monthly Journal Published and Edited by Emily H. Vaught and Victor Gabriel Lundquist (pseudonym V. G. Rocine), Chicago, Illinois. (Published 1903-1907) First and only editions, illustrated wrappers, 12" x 9.25", side staple bound, 20 pages, illustrated with drawings, photographs and illustrated advertisements of various occult practitioners. 5 Issues: February 5, 1905, Vol. 7, No. 1; April 5, 1907, Vol. 9, No. 3; May 5, 1907, Vol. 9, No. 4; June 5, 1907, Vol. 9. No. 5; July 5, 1907, Vol. 9, No. 6.
All issues are in GOOD CONDITION, various degrees of light toning, some light foxing to the covers, signs of light general handling and wear, the covers of two issues have mostly pulled from the staples, otherwise complete as issued, bright, clean and unmarked. Scarce, I currently can't find any issues of Human Culture for sale. Only three copies in the OCLC.
Phrenology and Physiognomy were methods of understanding the innate qualities of personality and character. By linking the physical appearance of the face and head with inherited character traits like emotional capacity and intelligence. Now considered a pseudoscience, phrenology was often used to justify racism, sexism, and classism. Unfortunately, the theory of physiognomic "types" survived far into the 20th century.
Occultists Emily H. Vaught and Victor Gabriel Lundquist (Rocine) (born Sweden, 1855=1943) were married. Emily was the widow of Phrenologist Louis Allen Vaught (c.1860-1903) founder of Human Culture and other New Thought periodicals, he also was V. G. Lundquist's professor. Emily and Victor were successful New York Society Phrenologists and Physiognomists, Scientific Analysts of Character, Purveyors of Self Development and Empowerment, Mind Trainers, and Specialists in Diet, the couple ran the Institute of Human Nature Studies, conducted correspondence courses in Scientific Character Reading through their Human Science School of Chicago which offered the degree of Doctor of Human and Divine Science.