A popular introduction to female physiognomy, 1815, with 30 hand-coloured plates
Johann Caspar Lavater. Die Kunst die Frauenzimmer aus ihren Gesichtszügen zu erkennen. Ein physiognomisches Taschenbuch nach Lavater's Grundsätzen [...] Zweyte verbesserte Auflage.
Pest, Conrad Adolph Hartleben, 1815. 12mo (13,5 x 9,5 cm). 55,  pp. With 30 hand-coloured etched plates (no. 5 bound as frontispiece).
Modern half calf, marbled boards. Deaccession stamps on title-page and back of frontispiece, marginal waterstains. The quires have been oversewn, reducing the inner margins as a result.
A popular introduction to female physiognomy, based on Johann Caspar Lavater's work.
After a short introduction 29 hand-coloured plates with descriptive text follow, identifying personal characteristics with various facial features. Prompted by Lavater's work, physiognomy was all the rage in the 18th century, resulting in a myriad of publications on the subject.
This pocket-sized German vademecum, published in present-day Budapest, is surprisingly rare on the market. It was translated from the French (Le Lavater portatif ou précis de l'art de connaitre les femmes par les traits du visage), and first published in 1813; this is the second edition.
WorldCat and KVK lists two copies only, one in Vienna (ÖND) and one in Darmstadt (ULB).