1650. Rothomagi [Rouen]: Sumptibus Ioannis Berthelin Bibliopolae, 1650.
2 vols. in 1, 8vo, (12), 403, (41); (12), 154 pp. First book with numerous woodcut illustrations; second book with engraved initials throughout. Full calf, backstrip richly gilt with red label, marbled endpapers, textblock stained red, green ribbon. Boards rubbed, headcap chipped, old paper repair restoring bottom inch of title page, not touching text, occasional browning, otherwise a solid and very presentable copy.
§ Porta's two books on physiognomy here bound together (and possibly issued that way, as OCLC records 5 copies bound together, and there is another such for sale). "The ancient "science" of character-reading from physiognomy saw it's Renaissance revival in della Porta's widely influential book - one of the first such manuals to be illustrated -, which itself was the ultimate foundation of Lavater's revival of the idea in the late 18th century. Porta himself was a major figure in the emergence of natural science, though in typical Renaissance fashion he combined elements of credulity with recognition of the importance of experiment and experiential confirmation of preconceived theories." (Geoffrey Jackson). Item #123220