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Essays on Physiognomy, Designed to Promote the Knowledge and the Love of Mankind

1789–98
Engraved by Thomas Holloway (English, 1748–1827), Engraved by William Blake (English, 1757–1827), Engraved by James Caldwall (English, 1739–1819)


Place of Publication: London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet III, 887; ESTC (RLIN): T139902; Ray, Illustrator and Book in England, 20; Keynes 102

Dimensions

Overall (each vol. [depth varies]): 35 x 29.3 x 4.5 cm (13 3/4 x 11 9/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

59.568a-e

Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with numerous engravings

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Illustrated books

(London: John Murray, H. Hunter, and T. Holloway, 1789[-1798]) Folio, three volumes in five; [v. 1] 155 leaves, plus plates; [v. 2 (pt. 1)] 125 ll., plus pls.; [v. 3 (v. 2, pt. 2)] 103 ll., plus pls.; [v. 4 ( v. 3, pt. 1)] 136 ll., plus pls.; [v. 5 (v. 3, pt. 2)] 102 ll., plus pls.; contemporary gilt-stamped greenish calf [rebacked? in gilt-stamped black morocco].

Scientific portraits, diagrams, and details of human physiognomy; portraits of actual persons.


London: John Murray, H. Hunter, and T. Holloway, 1789 [-1798]

Provenance

Philip [1898-1984] and Frances Hofer, Cambridge, by whom given to MFA, September 17, 1959.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hofer