Aphorisms on man. Translated from the original manuscript of the Rev. John Caspar Lavater, citizen of Zuric. Fifth edition.

  • Lavater, Johann Caspar
  • Newburyport [Massachusetts]: George Jerry Osborne, Guttemberg's Head 1793
  • ESTC W31081.


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16mo, pp. 109, [1, ads]. Final blank discarded. Contemporary sheep, spine divided by double gilt rules. Last few leaves rather browned, some foxing elsewhere, one or two marginal tears. Somewhat rubbed and scratched, a few stains, rear flyleaves removed. Ownership inscription of William Hammatt to p. 3, ‘Martin’s Grammar’ written in ink on rear board.


A rare American edition of this version of Lavater's 'Vermischte physiognomische Regeln' 'translated (and, indeed, often adapted) with pith and point' (ODNB) by the author's friend Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) and first published in 1788. George Jerry Osborne (1761-1800), the son of a Revolutionary War officer, published only briefly in Newburyport but had run an important newspaper for several years earlier in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. ESTC locates only one copy in the UK, at the BL, plus 5 locations in the USA (AAS, Boston Public, Buffalo and Erie County Public, Massachusetts Historical Society, and LoC).

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