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Lot nr:68
Book nr:6300
Author:PORTA, Giambattista della
Title:De humana physiognomonia Ionnis Bapitstae Portae Neapolitani Libri iiii, ...
Town:Hanoviae
Publisher:apud Guilielmum Antonium
Year:1593
Description:In-8°, 534 pp + [57] pp index. Marque de l'imprimeur sur la page de titre, portrait de l'auteur au verso de la page de titre, orné de c. 84 gravures sur bois dans le texte, parfois reprises. Reliure de l'époque en peau de truie, estampée à froid.
Printer's mark on the title, portrait of the author, and ca. 84 woodcuts. Blind tooled pigskin, author in ink on the back
Note: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. Adams P-1925; NLM Durling 3722; Wellcome I, 5197
Price:€2200
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