ELSIE BENEDICT - HOW TO ANALYZE PEOPLE ON SIGHT - 1st, 1921 - SCARCE
HOW TO ANALYZE PEOPLE ON SIGHT THROUGH THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN ANALYSIS: THE FIVE HUMAN TYPES — By Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict — 1st Edition / 1st Printing, 1921 — Phrenology, Quack Medicine, Psychology — One of the First Proponents of "The Law of Attraction" — VERY SCARCE
Publisher: The Roycrofters, East Aurora (1921)
Exceedingly scarce, first edition copy (Roycrofters) from 1921 of "How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elise Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict, in well preserved condition. 358 pp. The boards and binding are solid and tight save for shelfwear to the spine and board corners. Three-quarters suede leather binding, with hand-cut pages. Wonderful illustrations. The pages are crisp and clean save for previous owner's small stamp on the inside boards and corresponding blank pages. In this popular American book from the 1920s, accomplished public speaker and self-help guru, Elsie Lincoln Benedict outlines her pseudo-scientific system of "Human Analysis". She proposes that, within the human race, five sub-types have developed through evolutionary processes, each with its own distinct character traits and corresponding outward appearance. She offers to teach the reader how to recognize these five types of people and understand their innate differences. A fascinating read. Please see below for more information on Elsie Benedict.
Elsie Lincoln Benedict
Elsie Lincoln Benedict (1885–1970) was advertised as the best known women's speaker during the 1920s, speaking to over 3 million people in her lifetime and writing on what Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie and a long list of men would do later. She was an American suffragist leader representing the State of Colorado for the Women's Right to Vote. She promoted the Law of Attraction through her many worldwide lectures as well teaching the ability to understand people through their dress and physical body types. She drew big audiences in the pre-World War II decades, discussing a wide variety of subjects from choosing personality colors in clothes to fit the individual to “reading people" through their physical shape and behaviors as well as general advice with doing well in marriage and in business. In a 1922 lecture at Scottish Rite Auditorium, she commented, “Most people use less brains in selecting the person with whom they are to spend their lives than they do in choosing an automobile, a bicycle or a cut of steak. Love isn’t enough; there must also be understanding."