The Chinese sensitive leaf, [approximately 184-?]
- The Chinese sensitive leaf.
- Brooklyn : Howlett Brothers, Printers, 136 Fulton St., [approximately 184-?]
- Physical Description:
- 1 sheet ( page) ; 22 x 14 cm + 2 printed 'sensitive' leaves. and 1 envelope ; 7 x 12 cm
- Rare Books and ManuscriptsBF1874 .C455 1840 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 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.
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].
BAC: British Art Center copy accompanied byl floral embossed envelope. "Chinese Sensitive Leaves" printed in black on front.
- Subject Terms:
- Fortune-telling.Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.Pseudoscience.Sympathy (Physiology)
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