An Excellent Illustrated Early Study of Physiognomy

    [John Bulwer]. Cognomento Chirosophus. A View of the People of the Whole World: or, A short Survey of their Policies, Dispositions, Naturall Deportments, Complexions, Ancient and Modern Customes, Manners, Habits & Fashions. A Worke every where adorned with Philosophicall, Morall, and Historicall Observations on the Occasions of their Mutations & Changes throughout all ages. For the Readers greater delight Figures are annexed to most to the Relations. London: William Hunt, 1654. Second illustrated edition of this rare title. Square quarto. [l], 559, [1, blank], [30, table] pages. Large engraved frontispiece, and an engraved portrait of Bulwer inserted (portrait is supplied). Illustrated with 175 woodcut figures. Contemporary full calf, covers double-ruled in black. Rebacked to style in brown morocco, spine ruled in gilt in compartments, with black morocco gilt lettering label, four raised bands. Some restoration to binding, description of frontispiece missing upper corner and with some later restoration, half-title restored at fore-edge, front free endpaper restored, hinges repaired, occasional mild dampstaining throughout. With the armorial bookplate of Lancelot Charles Lee and his signature, as well as the later signature of Hubert G. Norman. Overall, a near fine copy of this rare title.

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    Originally published as Anthropometamorphosis in 1650, a second edition with extensive woodcuts was issued in 1653. The illustrations and descriptions detail quite improbable monstrosities of the head, face, ears, nose and appendages, very much in the style of Schedel's Liber Chronicarum. "The subject and abundant illustrations make it a desideratum in any collection of curiosa, for it describes and illustrated every conceivable alteration of the human body by man's design or by nature and is of equal interest to the anthropologist and the student of human credulity." (Pforzheimer).

    DNB, III, pp. 262-263. ESTC R3856. Norman 372. Pforzheimer 115. Wellcome II, p. 270. Wing B5461.

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