The Chinese sensitive leaf : discovered by a celebrated physician and eminent Professor of Botany and chemistry, named Zaphrintra, of China : afterwards introduced into other parts of the continent, and into England by a very learned and sensible foreigner.
- London : Sold by Charles White, 83, Union Street, [approximately 1820?]
- Physical Description:
- 1 sheet ( page) ; 22 x 14 cm + 1 printed 'sensitive' leaf.
- Rare Books and ManuscriptsBF1874 .C45 1820 BoxYale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon CollectionAccessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Handbill describing parlour entertainment accompanied by one 'sensitive' leaf of a gentleman in a three color coat with a top hat in hand. The Chinese sensitive leaves were small pieces of thin material that when placed into someone's hand would react by curling in a way that would reveal the constitution of the person.
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:
- Fortune-telling.Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.Pseudoscience.Sympathy (Physiology)
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