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Sensitive leaf : the surprising phenomenon of nature.
[London] : Mason, printer, 21, Clerkenwell Green, [between 1832 and 1865]
Physical Description:
1 sheet ([1] page) ; 19 x 15 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Eph Ent 19
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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William Mason was active at Clerkenwell Green from 1832 to 1865. See: Todd, W.B. A directory of printers and others in allied trades, London and vicinity, 1800-1840.
"The astonishing effects of this most wonderful leaf was discovered by a gentleman of our own country, in his researches after natural philosophy; the power of these leaves, whose virtues never leave them, are entertaining to a whole company ... If you wish to know the temper of any person, you must lay one of the leaves on the palm of the hand and observe with attention the movement of the leaf, and you will find the temper and disposition of the person; if on the hand of a sanguine person, the leaf rolls itself up quickly, and keeps in constant motion ... If on the hand of a choleric person, the leaf soon runs towards the arm ... If on the hand of a phlegmatic person, they leap from the hand ... Please to lay them flat after use, and they will preserve their virtue for years."
Subject Terms:
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Sympathy (Physiology)
Mason, William, active 1809-1865, printer.

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