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Chiromancy, France, 17th century

Late 17th century
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Manual of chiromancy and physiognomy, giving practical instructions for reading palms and faces. With brief notes on various other topics, including health, death, music, virtue, heresy etc. The manuscript contains five diagrams of hands (ff. 6v.-7r., 36r., 42r.), one of a face (f. 20r.), and various other sketches and tables, some of astrological significance. Produced in France.


Late 17th century

Physical description

108 ff. (original foliation 1-95, 97-103 and unnumbered) 1 vol., 170 × 105 mm. Mottled calf boards; spine gilt-stamped and lettered 'chiromancie'.

Acquisition note

Purchased from Maggs Bros, 1995.

Ownership note

Remains of old library label at base. 'Ex libris A(?) Ricart' inscribed on fly leaf (f. 1r.) in an 18th or early 19th century hand; 'Grandjean d'Alteville' stamped below and at f. 103r.

Finding aids

Described in typescript supplements, by Christopher Hilton and Richard Aspin, to the Library's published finding aids.


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