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

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


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


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with numerous engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


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]


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

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hofer