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Porta, Giovanni Battista della (John Baptist Porta):
De Humana Physiognomonia Ioannis Baptistae Portae Neapolitani Libri IV. [bound with] Phytognomonica Octo Libris Contenta
Rouen: Sumptibus Ioannis Berthelin Bibliopolae, 1650. 2 volumes bound in 1, 8vo., ([12], 403pp. + 41pp. index) + ([xvi], 603pp.), wood-engraved title-page illustration; numerous text woodcuts and historiated initials to text of first work, 32 fine woodcut images of plants and animals distinguish the second work on the signatures of plants, bound in contemporary full vellum. A remarkably near fine fresh clean copy in a lovely original binding with minimal wear of these two scarce works. (I have not been able to find any other copies of these two important works bound together either on OCLC or Library Hub Discover (formerly COPAC). References: Diamond 23.5; Norman Catalog 1723, GM 150, Heirs of Hippocrates 370, Osler 3714, Cushing P346 (1586 edition) - all the De Humana. Pritzel 7273, Osler, W. Bib. Osleriana 3719 The ancient "science" of character-reading from physiognomy saw it's Renaissance revival in della Porta's widely influential book - one of the first such manuals to be illustrated -, which itself was the ultimate foundation of Lavater's revival of the idea in the late 18th century. Porta himself was a major figure in the emergence of natural science, though in typical Renaissance fashion he combined elements of credulity with recognition of the importance of experiment and experiential confirmation of preconceived theories. Porta's most famous botanical work, Phytognomonica - This edition was published in Rouen in 1650, 62 years after the first edition appeared in Naples in 1588. It is sometimes held that della Porta was the real originator of the botanical Doctrin … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Geoffrey Jackson [Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom]
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