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Catalogue of Antiquarian Books 1700-1900

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In our Catalogue this is Booknumber V74017

Author Lavater, John Caspar (1741-1801) (illustrations by William Blake, Bartolozzi, Fuseli et al.)
Title ESSAYS ON PHYSIOGNOMY, designed to promote the Knowledge and the Love of Mankind .. Illustrated by more than eight hundred engravings accurately copied; and some duplicates added from originals. Executed by, or under the inspection of Thomas Holloway. Translated from the French by Henry Hunter, D.D. Minister of the Scots Church, London-Wall.
PlacePub London
Publisher John Murray, H. Hunter and T. Holloway 1st English edition
Date 1789-1798
Illustrations Full-page copperplates (171 of 173 called for) + hundreds of fine vignette & other engravings many from drawings by Henry Fuseli, engraved by Thomas Holloway, Bartolozzi and others, inc. four by William Blake in Vol 1 pp 127 159 206 225).
Description Three Volumes in Five, large quarto (340 x 275mm) signed in 2s, contemporary calf finely gilt decorated (rebacked with original spines laid on, spine gilt worn on last volume, tips & edges worn) marbled endpapers with crested bookplates of William Rising. Collation [26]+178, *175-*178, 179-281; xii+238; [6]+239-444; xii+252; [6]+253-437 +[12]pp index & binder's plate list (errata notes that "Upwards of Eight Hundred" in the Title is an error). Lacks 2 full-page plates (24 & 34 showing various heads) but all 171 others present as listed. Plate 47 small marginal tears not affecting print, ink spot to margin of plate 21, small fore-edge stain to Vol 2, some plates with sporadic foxing and offsetting but otherwise clean & crisp, on very good laid paper. *Fine original calf bindings restored. Includes full-page portraits of Erasmus, Wren, Locke, Voltaire, George Washington (2) and others. Sections on silhouettes, features for use by painters, changes to the ideals of beauty through the ages etc. This first English edition, overseen by Henry Fuseli, was translated from the French edition of Lavater's Physiognomische Fragmente printed in 1781-87 at The Hague.Due to Lavater's religious views and in the philosophy which were also those of Goethe the two worked together on parts of the book.Cf Garrison-Morton 154
Booknumber V74017
Price Price: GBP 520.00 or USD 671.00
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