Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Essays on Physiognomy, Designed to Promote the Knowledge and the Love of Mankind (4 of 5 Vols.)

London: Printed for John Myrray (Vol. II); Murray and Highly (Vol. III), 1792, 1798. Later edition. Hardcover. Folio (13 1/2 x 11 1/4"). (12) 238pp., 45 plates, (6) 239-444pp., 46 plates, xii, 252pp., 24 plates, (6) 253-437 (22)pp., 12 plates. Later full calf with decorative gilt ruling on covers. Bleu edges. Marbled endpapers. Vignettes on title pages. Four of five volumes, missing volume one. The full set features 800 engravings; our four volumes contain one hundred and twenty-eight full page engravings, with additional engravings in the text.

Authoritative work by Swiss physiognomist, philosopher, theologian and poet John Caspar Lavater, designed to promote the knowledge and love of mankind. The work established Lavater's reputation throughout Europe. It was first published in Germany in 1775-1778 under the title "Physiognomische Fragmente zur Beförderung der Menschenkenntnis und Menschenliebe." The popular work was translated into French and English, our set was translated from the French and does not include the 1803 posthumously published fourth volume. The two main sources from which Lavater developed his physiognomical studies were the works of the Italian polymath Giambattista della Porta, and the observations made by Sir Thomas Browne in "Religio Medici."

Binding with light wear along edges, light cracking at joints of spine, except for back board of volume two, part two is detached. Some damp-staining in edges and on versos of full page plates; sporadic light foxing. Some light offsetting of plates to facing pages and brief inked note on page XI of volume II, part I. Good to very good condition. Item #52617

Price: $1,250.00