Engraved plate depicting a palmistry/chiromancy chart of the left hand. Includes planetary symbols and names of creases found on the palm for use in the practice of palmistry. The plate references chapter 35, which is entitled "A Rational Demonstration of Chiromantical Signatures" as well as the sixth section of chapter 36, which reads "If this line be any where broken, it threatens great danger of life in that Age which the place of the said breach betokeneth, which you may find out with a great deal of exactness, if you divide the line into ninty [ninety] equal parts, beginning to number them from A towards B."
The most popular of William Salmon's numerous books, the title page refers to 25 plates within whereas other copies are also missing plates 3 and 10, as is the case with this particular copy. Select digitized content includes front cover, frontismatter, engraved portrait frontispiece of Salmon (age 27 in 1675), engraved title page (both by W. Sherwin) as well as recto and versos of extant copperplate engravings. Plates 22 and 23 are misbound between plates 17 and 18.
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Salmon, William. “Plate XXIII: Palmistry Chart of Left Hand.” In Polygraphice, or, the Arts of Drawing, Engraving, Etching, Limning, Painting, Washing, Varnishing, Gilding, Colouring, Dying, Beautifying and Perfuming. London, England: Printed for Thomas Passinger at the Three Bibles on London Bridge and Thomas Sawbridge at the Three Flower de Luces in Little-Brittain, 1685. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/cj82k868t.
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