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    "Last of the Descriptive Physiognomists"

    Johann Casper Lavater. Von der Physiognomik. Leipzig: Weidmanns Erben und Reich, 1772. First edition. Two parts in one octavo. 80; 192 pages. Engraved vignette on first title page, small floral illustration on second title page, head- and tail-pieces. Small bookplate of "HF/ Norman/ MD" on front pastedown, previous owner's holograph ink signature "Joh. Theophile Hoeffel [?]" on first title page. Contemporary half calf over speckled paper covered boards, five raised bands on spine with title and floral decorations in compartments, all edges red, marbled endpapers. Binding rubbed and scuffed, spine lightly chipped around edges, head and foot; joints worn and cracking at head, rear hinge starting, small holograph bookseller's notes on versos of both free endpapers and their facing fly-leaves, pages lightly cockled, foxing, else in very good condition.
    "Lavater was the last of the descriptive physiognomists." - Garrison and Morton, 154.
    From the Collection of Dr. Gerald Sugarman.


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    November, 2015
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