Essays On Physiognomy,




Printed for [Vol. I], John Murray, NO. 32, Fleet-Street; H. Hunter, D. D. Charles's-Square; and T. Holloway, NO. 11, Bache's-Row, Hoxton; [Vol. II], as [Vol. I] but H. Hunter is Bethnal-Green Road; [Vol. III], as [Vol. I] but John Murray now Murray and Highley, No. 32, Fleet-Street.




1789, 1792, 1798.

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FOUR VOLUMES. Folio. 12 x 14.75 inches. Vol. I, [24] + [10] pp. List of Subscribers + [3] - 281 pp.; Vol. II, xii + 238 pp.; Vol. III [Part I], xii + 252 pp; Vol. III, Part II, [vi] + 253-437 + [1] pp. + [8] pp. index + [3 + 1] pp. Directions to the Binder. Vol. III, Part II has half title only. Lacks Vol. II, Part II. Bound in original half calf over marbled boards; spines rebacked, in compartments with raised bands. Deckled edges. Extremities worn and scattered foxing throughout. Damp stain on flyleaf and lower corners of first few pages of Vol. III, Part II only; otherwise a very good set. Armourial bookplates of John Jeffery. Illustrated by 123 engraved plates, including silhouettes and facsimiles, and several hundred engravings in text. Decorated by 3 title page vignettes and one in Introduction to Vol. I. Lacks 46 plates from Vol. II, Part II. A study of faces and expressions and how they depict character with the harmony of moral and physical beauty. It is written in the format of 'Fragments' with additions. The large number of engravings include studies of different parts of the face, etc. but are also drawn from a wide range of historical portraits, busts, etc., all analysed by the author with numerous quotations from written sources. Separate sections cover animals and silhouettes. Among the individuals represented are Philip the Bold of Burgundy, Henry IV of France, Frederick the Great of Prussia, Erasmus, Descartes, Voltaire, Heidegger, Lord Anson, George Washington, and the author himself, with the addition of some studies by Angelica Kauffman. John Caspar Lavater, poet, philosopher and theologian, was a citizen of and minister of the Zwinglian church of Z?rich. He died as a result of injuries sustained during the French invasion of Switzerland from 1799. The best known work of Lavater (described as 'the last of the descriptive physiognomists' by Morton) was originally published as Physiognomische Fragmente, 1775-78 and was much admired for its style and the quality of the illustrations. The English translation was made from the French edition published in The Hague, 1781-87. Later English editions were published, 1793-97. (ESTC T139902; N9984); Morton, Medical Bibliography, 154).

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