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Rich asking about Quatrefages

Jan 25, 1999 03:49 PM
by Daniel H Caldwell

Rich wrote:

>  Does anyone on this list have a working knowledge of the theories of
Quatrefages?  This was a scientist HPB very much >  approved of, with
reservations.  But this information is mostly lost on us today without
accompanying notes.

Daniel comments:

Rich I don't know if this is a real question or just an example.

But I would suggest the interested reader turn to this reference work which should
be owned by academic and larger public libraries:

Dictionary of scientific biography / Charles Coulston Gillispie, editor-in-chief.
New York : Scribner, [1970-1980]
16 v. : ill. ; 29 cm.

I would think there would be an article on him which should include a discussion
of his contributions, etc.

The Library of Congress is listing the following books by him.

   The human species.
   1881 Quatrefages de Bréau, Armand de,1810-1892. [GN24 .W3 ]
   The pygmies.
   1969 Translated by Frederick Starr. [GN681 .Q2 1969 ]
   The human species,
   1879 Quatrefages de Bréau, Armand de,1810-1892. [GN24 .Q29 ]
   1895 Quatrefages de Bréau, Armand de,1810-1892. [GN681 .Q2 ]
   The Prussian race ethnologically considered.
   1872 Quatrefages de Bréau, Armand de,1810-1892. [DD336 .Q2 ]
   Natural history of man: a course of elementary lectures.
   1875 Quatrefages de Bréau, Armand de,1810-1892. [GN24 .Q2 ]
   Rambles of a naturalist on the coasts of France, Spain, and Sicily.
   1857 Quatrefages de Bréau, Armand de,1810-1892. [QH135 .Q2 ]

Most of his works were originally published in French.

See short biographical sketch of his life in HPB's COLLECTED WRITINGS, Vol. VIII,
pp. 472-473.

Consulting the index to the COLLECTED WRITINGS edition of THE SECRET DOCTRINE,
H.P. Blavatsky mentions this scientist on various pages of the SD.  She quotes
from his work THE HUMAN SPECIES.

The Theosophical University Press index to the SD gives the following items on

In THE ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA, there is one small reference to him:

"Two French prehistorians, A. de Quatrefages and Ernest Hamy, in 1882 took the
Cro-Magnon fossils to be prototypes of a Cro_magnon (or Les Eyzies) race."

Earlier editions of the EB might give more on him.

I'm sure there's more out there!

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