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Title(s):

The Chinese sensitive leaf.

Published/Created:
[England?] : [publisher not identified], [185-?]
Physical Description:
1 sheet ([1] page) ; 19 x 11 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
BF1874 .C466 1820 Box
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Classification:
Books
Notes:
"The leaves are sold at one shilling the pair."--Foot of handbill.
Handbill with text within ornamental border: "This is an account of the remarkable sympathetic power of the Chinese Sensitive Leaf, invented by Jan Pertista, from China, one of the most celebrated operators of the age. It consists of two small thin leaves; the largest for gentleman, and the smallest for ladies. If you wish to know the temper of a person, lay this leaf in the palm of their left hand, and you will be delighted to see it move itself. If the person is of a sanguine temper, it rolls itself quickly up, and falls from the hand; if he is of a choloric temper, it rolls itself up a little, and remains lying, but if he is of a sanguine choleric temper, it goes sometimes quick and sometimes slow."
Early accounts of the same phenomenon include: A curious discovery: an account of the remarkable sympathetic power of the Chinese sensitive leaf, invented by Jan Pertista Chaseicto. Philadelphia : Printed by Hall and Pierie no. 51, Market-Street, [between 1807 and 1815].
Subject Terms:
Chaseicto, Jan Pertista.
Fortune-telling.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Pseudoscience.
Sympathy (Physiology)
Form/Genre:
Broadsides.
Ephemera.
Contributors:
Pertista, Jan.
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