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Lot nr:577
Book nr:31203
Author:PORTA, Giambattista della
Title:De humana physiognomonia Libri iiii
Town:Vici Aequensis
Publisher:Giuseppe Cacchi
Description:In-f? (32 x 21,5 cm), [4] + 272 pp, engraved title with the portrait of the authorin a Renaissance border, full-page portrait of cardinale Luigi d'Este to whom the work has been dedicated, with 85 engravings in text. Some pale foxing. Some small (hardly visible) rest. in title page. Illustration on p.195 pasted over another as usual. Small marginal water stain in the lower margin, marginal tear repaired without loss in p. 177. Bound in full ivory vellum, title in ink on spine
Note:Rare first edition, not in Adams. This popular book attempts to divine humane personality traits on the basis of physical comparisons to animals. The ancient science of character-reading from physiognomy saw its Renaissance revival in della Porta 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.
Ref. Garrison-Morton 150; Mortimer II, 398; Durling 3720; Cicognara 2454. Ex libris Gino Sabattini
Price:€1200 - €1800
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