Caspar Hauser; An Account of Individual Kept in a Dungeon

Caspar Hauser; An Account of Individual Kept in a Dungeon

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...that Caspar is probably a young English dragoon who has deserted from his regiment, in order to play off a trick on the good-natured inhabitants of Nuremberg on his own account, no one certainly will be inclined to dispute with the inventor for the honour of his hypothesis. Besides his extraordinary equestrian talents, the extreme peculiarity, the almost preternatural acuteness and intensity of his sensual perceptions, appeared particularly remarkable in Caspar Hauser during his abode in Professor Daumer's house. As to his sight, there existed, in respect to him, no twilight, no night, no darkness. This was first noticed by remarking that at night he stepped everywhere with the greatest confidence; and that, in dark places, he always refused a light when it was offered to him. He often looked with astonishment, or laughed, at persons who, in dark places, for instance, when entering a house, or walking on a staircase by night, sought safety in groping their way, or in laying hold on adjacent objects. In twilight, he even saw much better than in broad daylight. Thus, after sunset, he once read the number of a house at a distance of one hundred and eighty paces, which, in daylight, he would not have been able to distinguish so far off. Towards the close of twilight, he once pointed out to his instructor a gnat that was hanging in a very distant spider's web. At a distance of certainly not less than sixty paces, he could distinguish the single berries, in a cluster of elderberries, from each other, and these berries from black currants. It has been proved by experiments carefully made, thaiin a perfectly dark night, he could distinguish different dark colours, such as blue and green, from each other. When, at the commencement of twilight, a common...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236636325
  • 9781236636324