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    Claude De La Belliere, Sieur de la Nolle. La Physionomie Raisonnée ou Secret Curieux pour Connoitre las Inclinations de Chacun par les Regles Naturelle. Paris: Edmé Couterot, 1664. Krown & Spellman retail: $600. First Edition.
    12mo. a12, A-M12 [M12 blank, present]. [24],235,[53]pp. Contemporary calf, gilt spine (mostly worn off), worn at spine ends, short tear in front hinge; small piece cut out of f.f.e.p.; old owners signature scored out on t.p., very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    "The popularity of physiognomy is to be accounted for by the fact that, while other forms of divination, including for many even judicial astrology, were condemned as superstitious, it was regarded as having a natural basis, (Thorndike VIII, p449) La Belliere's treatise on the subject was published in both French and Italian editions in 1664, with a Latin edition, translated by the author, appearing in 1666." [Norman Cat.]. There are two variants of the printer's device on the t.p. This one has Couterot printer's mark with a figure of Jesus with a lamb on his shoulders and the last line of the author's credentials is "& Aumonier du Roy". Caillet 5874 "curieux et rare." Norman 1246. Thorndike VIII; 449, 467-8. Gerlach La Belliere 1664. Laehr I, 697. Courtine 1992:60, 3. Magli 255:19. Campe 617.

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