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Essays on Physiognomy; For the Promotion of the Knowledge and the Love of Mankind (Three Volumes in Four) Illustrated by Four Hundred and Eighteen Engravings. To which are added, One Hundred Physiognomical Rules, A Posthumous Work by Mr. Lavater, and Memoirs of the Life of the Author, Compiled principally from the Life of Lavater, written by his Son-in-Law G
London: C. Whittingham, 1804. Second edition. Half Morocco. Fine. 8vo. While the science of physiognomy propounded most famously by Lavater should now be dismissed as the pinnacle of pseudo-science, the plates on facial types, expressions and features maintain their eternal ability to entertain, and even as one admits the speciousness and circularity of the explanations and reasoning rendered herein, there remains a seductive plausibility in the premise that aspects of personality can be read in a person's visage! Flawless modern red morocco over marbled boards. All volumes are tight. Minor soiling here and there, and a few plates with foxing. Overwhelmingly a clean set.
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