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    Three Volumes on Physiognomy, Chiromancy,
    and Metoposcopy

    Niccola Spadoni, Ronphile, and Johann Sigismund Elsholtz. Hochstfurteffliches Chiromantisch Und Physiognomisches Klee-Blat Bestehend Aus drey herrlichen Tractaten Und zwar erstlich Des Kunst-beruhmsten Ronphyle Hand-Wahrsagung; Zum andern Niclas Spadons Schauplatz der Curiositaten; Und dann drittens D. D. Johann Sigmund Eltzholtzens Anthropometrie oder Mess-Kunst des Mess-Kunst des Menschlichen Corpers Welchen wegen Gleichheit der Materie Dominici de Rubeis Physiognomische Tafeln, Cardani Metoscopie und Melamps von den Mahlern des menschlichen Corpers miteingeruckt... Nuremberg: Johann Ziegers, 1695. First edition thus. Three octavo volumes. [30], 112; 208; 550 pages. Emblematic frontispiece of scholar using books of chiromancy, physiognomy, and metoposcopy by J. L. Honnig of Nurnberg, title page in red and black, six full-page chiromantic hands in Ronphile; six full-page (most with two images) in Spadoni; eight full-page plates in Elscholtz. Handsomely bound (recent) in fifteenth century illuminated vellum manuscript leaves (decorated in red, blue and yellow), with ties; boards lightly soiled, endpapers refreshed, minor light age-toning, and a little light dampstaining, else a very nice copy of a rare set. VD17 3:606185S. Graesse, Magica, 101. BL 17th c. German H1240 (inc.) Krivatsy/NLM 5755. OCLC 14307449. Gerlach Ingeber 1695.Laehr i, 505. Campe 600. Not in Caillet, Rosenthal, Esoterica, or Sabattini. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Niccola Spadoni, Ronphile, and Johann Sigismund Elsholtz. Hochstfurteffliches Chiromantisch Und Physiognomisches Klee-Blat Bestehend Aus drey herrlichen Tractaten Und zwar erstlich Des Kunst-beruhmsten Ronphyle Hand-Wahrsagung; Zum andern Niclas Spadons Schauplatz der Curiositaten; Und dann drittens D. D. Johann Sigmund Eltzholtzens Anthropometrie oder Mess-Kunst des Mess-Kunst des Menschlichen Corpers Welchen wegen Gleichheit der Materie Dominici de Rubeis Physiognomische Tafeln, Cardani Metoscopie und Melamps von den Mahlern des menschlichen Corpers miteingeruckt... Nuremberg: Johann Ziegers, 1695.       

    First edition thus. Three octavo volumes. [30], 112; 208; 550 pages. Emblematic frontispiece of scholar using books of chiromancy, physiognomy, and metoposcopy by J. L. Honnig of Nurnberg, title page in red and black, six full-page chiromantic hands in Ronphile; six full-page (most with two images) in Spadoni; eight full-page plates in Elscholtz. Handsomely bound (recent) in fifteenth century illuminated vellum manuscript leaves (decorated in red, blue and yellow), with ties; endpapers refreshed, minor light age-toning, and a little light dampstaining, else a very nice copy of a rare set.

    "The Anthropometria of Johann Sigismund Elsholtz (1623-1688) was intended to be of use to painters and sculptors as well as to students of medicine and physiognomy, and considered the analogy of the human body with the universe, and what its proper proportions were, and the symmetry of its different parts. But he not only touched upon physiognomy but also on astrological chiromancy and gave figures of planetary lines in the hand and on the sole of the foot. His final chapter was on moles, based upon his own experience as well as such previous writers as Melampus, Haly Abenragel, and Ludovivo Settala..."   -Thorndike

    Spadoni "...treated Physiognomy, Chiromancy, Metoposcopy...It is held that one should prognosticate from the time of conception rather than that of birth, and that celestial causes concur in the fabric of man's complexion or temperment...Sleep and dreams...are also treated...the interpretation of moles and warts, is discussed..." -Thorndike

    Of Ronphile, who may be the poet Rampalle who signs the dedication, we know nothing.  "C'est un des meileurs traités de chiromancie qui existent, orné de nombreuses figures finement gravées," -Caillet         

    VD17 3:606185S. Graesse, Magica, 101. BL 17th c. German H1240 (inc.) Krivatsy/NLM 5755. OCLC 14307449. Gerlach Ingeber 1695.Laehr i, 505. Campe 600. Not in Caillet, Rosenthal, Esoterica, or Sabattini.



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