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  1. Essays on Physiognomy.

    Essays on Physiognomy.

    For the Promotion of the Knowledge and the Love of Mankind. Written in the German Language and Translated into English by Thomas Holcroft. Second Edition. Illustrated by Four Hundred and Eighteen Engravings. To Which are Added, One Hundred Physiognomical Rules ... and Memoirs of the Life of the Author, Compiled principally from the Life of Lavater, written by his Son-in-Law G. Gessner.
    Second edition in English of this work by Lavater, "the last of the descriptive physiognomists" (Garrison & Morton). Most prized for the remarkably range of illustrative engravings, portraits of historical and contemporary notabilities - including Goethe, a friend of Lavater's, Socrates, Locke, Samuel Johnson, Bach, George Washington, Diderot, Wren, and Voltaire - drawn as examples of the "psychological" or emotional interpretation of physical features. Learn More
    £1,200

    Date of Publication: 1792

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 104088

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  2. Essays on Physiognomy.

    Essays on Physiognomy.

    Designed to Promote the Knowledge and the Love of Mankind … translated into English by Thomas Holcroft. To which are added, One Hundred Physiognomical Rules, a Posthumous Work by Mr. Lavater; and Memoirs of the Life of the Author … Third Edition, with upwards of Four Hundred Profiles and other Engravings.
    Reprint of the defence by Lavater - "the last of the descriptive physiognomists" (Garrison & Morton) - of the pseudo-science of physiognomy, more correctly pathognomy, "the age old quest for the art how to know men" (Hunter & MacAlpine). Lavater's work was first published in German in 1772 and enjoyed widespread success thereafter. This copy with the contemporary ownership inscription of James Van Sommer, and his extensive, and often caustic but not entirely dismissive, notes to the text, beginning with his addition of the word "Rambling" at the beginning of the title itself. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1840

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 100644

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