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Title(s):

The Chinese sensitive leaf.

Published/Created:
Brooklyn : Howlett Brothers, Printers, 136 Fulton St., [approximately 184-?]
Physical Description:
1 sheet ([1] page) ; 22 x 14 cm + 2 printed 'sensitive' leaves. and 1 envelope ; 7 x 12 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
BF1874 .C455 1840 Box
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Classification:
Books
Notes:
Handbill describing parlour entertainment accompanied by two 'sensitive' leaves of a male and female oriental figures in red and black. 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.
BAC: British Art Center copy accompanied byl floral embossed envelope. "Chinese Sensitive Leaves" printed in black on front.
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)
Form/Genre:
Broadsides.
Ephemera.
Contributors:
Howlett Brothers, printer.
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