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Date: 1800; 1830
Extent: 34 pages
Description: This volume contains a manuscript copy of Robert Eveleigh Taylor's dissertation, titled “An inaugural disputation, concerning the varieties of the human race.” Taylor delivered this lecture at the University of Edinburgh in July 1800 to fulfill one of the requirements for a medical degree. The essay touches on many of the prominent theories about racial differences then circulating in the Atlantic World. Taylor, for instance, discusses the influence of climate on the different races and how geography affects the health. It was originally published in Latin (Edinburgh, 1800), and John Brandreth made this English translation for a friend in 1830.
Collection: An inaugural disputation, concerning the varieties of the human race, July 1800, 1830 (Mss.572.2.T2li.b)