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Small 4to. , 212 pp. 90 plates; a few short worm tracks, not affecting images, waterstained (upper corners). Original full mottled paper boards, leather spine label; label chipped. Bookplate of ExLib Liechtensteinianis. Very good. RARE. FIRST EDITION. This exceptionally rare book on chiromancy or palmistry, sometimes falsely attributed to Joannes Taisnier, is a complete guide to the interpretation of lines and features on the palms, and divination of fortunes from those features. A second edition (essentially a reprint) was issued in 1667. This work draws from authorities in classical literature, including Albertus Magnus, Ptolemy, Avicenna, Averroes (Ibn Rushd, 1126-1198), Galen, Plato, Jean d'Indagine (wrote a chiromancy text in 1575), Antiochus Tibertus of Cesena (a Renaissance chiromancer, published a work on chiromany in 1494), Patrice Tricasse (wrote a work in 1546), Joannes Taisnier (1509-1562), Jean Belot (published a work in 1640), Rudolph Goclenius (1572-1621), and many other "tres-grands" philosophers. [p. 7, mis-printed 8]. Obviously since Taisnier's works are included as having contributed to this work, it is not completely of his authorship; the true author of this book remains anonymous, although various standard references attribute it to Taisnier. "From physiognomical standpoints . . ., sexual inclinations and characteristics are functions of the distinctive constitutions and living conditions of individuals. . . . According to an anonymous seventeenth-century French chiromantic treatise, various marks on the palm indicate a man is "principally tainted with the sin of sodomy," or has "some inclination to the Italian vice," or "a great aptitude for indecent vices and particularly Sodomy." In the latter case the sign and its signified sexual tendencies reflect a melancholic temperament involving "too much coldness mixed with excessive dryness." [Borris & Rousseau]. According to Andreas Corvus (1510), there is a chiromantic sign "of a predictor susceptible to genital disease." [Borris & Rousseau]. Caillet 10053; Borris & Rousseau, The sciences of homosexuality in early modern Europe, pp. 21, 149; Dwivedi, Mr. Bhajraj, Wonders of palmistry, p. 17; Krivatsy/NLM 11671 (1667 ed.); Wellcome. Cf. [Odell] Philes, George P., Bibliotheca Curiosa; Catalogue of the Library of Andrew J. Odell, New York, 1878; Sabattini 589. First Edition.
Title: La science curieuse, ou traite de la chyromance; Recueilly des plus graues Autheurs qui ont traite de cette matiere, & plus exactement recherche qu'il n' a este cy-devant par aucun autre.
Publisher: Paris:, Francois Clovsier, 1665.: 1665
lbs: 3.00 lbs
Seller ID: S10060