If I had a lots of spare money or access to a grant, I would commission a modern translation of Blumenbach’s writings on human variation. But I don’t, so I will post his writings here in the hope that some skilled Latin and German speakers will translate it for me. If this works, I’ll post more text. The big question is this: Does Blumenbach say that Caucasians are THE most beautiful people, or that Georgians are A most lovely people ( or something else all together)?
Here is his famous description of a skull from Georgia:
And here it is in the first German translation (not translated by Blumenbach) of his Latin text: