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1 Pertista, Jan The Chinese Sensitive Leaf, with Accompanying Leaf
London Na Good Plus 
N.d., circa 1820. Claimed to be able read the personality of a person by placing the leaf in a person's palm and observing what happens to it -- does it move? Does it roll up? Does it fall out of his hand? Depending on the reaction of the leaf, one can allegedly tell whether the person is of sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic or melancholy temper! Supposedly invented by Jan Pertista, from China, and sold by Mr. Gymer. The leaf is supposed to last forever if properly cared for. It would appear, based on the final paragraph of the broadside, that the whole thing might have been meant as no more than an entertainment in the spirit of later Ouiji Boards. 18.5 by 13. 5 cm. Fold marks, and soiled. The leaf, in the shape of a woman in gown and a bow in her hair, is torn in two places, with the lower part of her gown separated, but there is no loss. 
Price: 240.00 USD
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