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Chirologia: or The naturall language of the hand· Composed of the speaking motions, and discoursing gestures thereof. Whereunto is added Chironomia: or, the art of manuall rhetoricke. Consisting of the naturall expressions, digested by art in the hand, as the chiefest instrument of eloquence, by historicall manifesto's, exemplified out of the authentique registers of common life, and civill conversation. VVith types, or chyrograms: a long-wish'd for illustration of this argument. By J.B. Gent. philochirosophus.

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    SR - 82.91

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    [28], 187, [5]; [16], 146, [2] p., [2] leaves of plates : ill. (metal cuts) ; 8°.

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    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

General note: Dedication to part 1 signed: John Bulvver. In two parts, with frontispiece for each part engraved by William Marshall. With a final errata leaf. Part 2, "Chironomia: or, The art of manuall rhetorique" (Wing B5466) has separate dated title page, pagination and register. Part 2 was apparently never published separately. An imprint variant or possible reissue of the edition with "R. Whitaker" named as bookseller in imprint for part 1 and "Richard Whitaker" so named in imprint to part 2. A8 a6 B-N8 A-K8 L2; small tear in F1 second occurrence, slightly affecting text (illustration) UK-SuSCL Cited in: Wing (2nd ed., 1994), B5462 Wing (2nd ed., 1994), B5466 Format of surrogate: Microfilm. Ann Arbor, Mich. University Microfilms, 1963. 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm. (Early English books, 1641-1700; 85:2). Ownership and custodial history: Bookplate of Philip Lord Hardwicke, baron of Hardwicke in the county of Gloucester, inside front cover; purchased from E.M. Lawson, catalogue 234 UK-SuSCL