The Noyes-Group Association, 1923. Item #1581
BROWN, Wolstan Crocker. [With Florence Fleming Noyes]. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE NEW EDUCATION. Color Frontispiece. NY: The Noyes-Group Association, 1923. 12mo., black cloth, stamped in gilt; 102 pages. First Edition. Brown writes about a fourth-dimensional approach to education to coincide with the upcoming new age of science and how it applies to the laws of unity- just like the newly-formed League of Nations was uniting towards a single source of government. "The laws of unity and relativity lie within the realm of the fourth dimension." He writes that education has been one-sided because it has no roots in the subconscious side of the mind. [I know, heavy stuff.] Not only that, apparently Brown developed a unique boxing technique called the "cosmic punch" that was first used by Lou Nova in his fight against Max Baer in 1941- he knocked him out. Based on studies of spontaneous movement, Brown discovered a fundamental formula for the mathematical efficiency of the body (resulting in the cosmic punch) and lectured about it at Rockefeller Center's Museum of Science and Industry in 1941. Sports writers dismissed the cosmic punch as "a phony" but it later gained credibility as other boxers began to use it. Signed presentation from Brown on the front endpaper: "To Miss Lucy Ellis Allen, From- Wolstan Crocker Brown, September, 1923." Lucy Ellis Brown was the daughter of education pioneer Nathaniel Allen who, in 1854, founded the progressive West Newton English and Classical School in Newton, Massachusetts, later called the Allen School. Lucy remained active at the school and in progressive education and wrote "West Newton: Half A Century Ago" in 1917. It would be no surprise that she and Brown were acquainted. Rare! I have been unable to locate any copies of this title in the marketplace and there are apparently only 14 copies known in libraries worldwide. Very Good (titles bright; contents clean & tight but for some foxing to the endpapers). $750.00.