The touchstone of complexions: expedient and profitable for all such as bee desirous and carefull of their bodily health: containing most ready tokens, whereby every one may perfectly try, and thorowly know, as well the exact state, habit, disposition, and constitution of his body outwardly, as also the inclinations, affections, motions and desires of his minde inwardly

Author

Levinus Lemnius

Title

The touchstone of complexions: expedient and profitable for all such as bee desirous and carefull of their bodily health: containing most ready tokens, whereby every one may perfectly try, and thorowly know, as well the exact state, habit, disposition, and constitution of his body outwardly, as also the inclinations, affections, motions and desires of his minde inwardly

Date

1633

Place

London

Publisher

Printed by E. A[llde] for Michael Sparke
and are to be sold at his house in Greene Arbour, at the Signe of the blue Bible. 1633.

Language

English
Latin

Translator

Thomas Newton

Note

CONTENT:
Translation by Thomas Newton of De habitu et constitutione corporis.

NOTE:
STC records 10+ copies. ESTC records 15 copies. "A translation of: De habitu et constitutione corporis" (EEBO).

COLLATION:
A-2K4 2L1 [$3 (-A1)]. [9] 2-248 [10] pp. Boards measure 17.9 x 13.1 cm. Leaves measure 17.4 x 13 cm.

TYPE:
Roman; Italic

DEDICATIONS AND ADDRESSES:
1. To the Judicious Reader.
2. Poem in Latin by G. C.

TABLES AND INDEXES:
Index (at back).

ILLUSTRATIONS:
Historiated/ornamented initials, head and tail pieces.

MARGINALIA:
Moderate.

WATERMARK:
Pot with initials (lower gutter).

BINDING:
Early 17th c.? calf over pasteboards has simple frame of triple fillets tooled in blind. Flat spine has (faded) tooled compartments. Early pastedowns. Reddened (faded) edges.

PROVENANCE:
1. CRRS bookplate on inner pastedown. 2. CRRS stamp on final leaf. 3. Price of £55 in pencil.

HANDWRITTEN NOTES:
See Provenance.

CONDITION:
Boards: loose boards are scratched and chipped, pasteboard showing at corners. Spine is worn and faded.
Leaves: Tightly cropped leaves have minor tears, major tears to edges of prelims and end leaves, creases and stains throughout. Reddening ink splashed on foot at title page, A2, and A3. Final leaf is loose.

IMPRINT:
London : Printed by E. A[llde] for Michael Sparke ..., 1633.

FORMAT:
[8], 248, [10] p. ; 18 cm. (4to)

REFERENCES:
BM 134.505
STC 15458
Printer's name in: NUC pre-1956 NL 0243738.

Library Catalog

https://crrs.ca/rare_books/crrs-rare-book-retrieval-requests/

Num Pages

266

Call Number

R128.6 .L45 1633

Item Type

Book

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Collection

Citation

Levinus Lemnius, “The touchstone of complexions: expedient and profitable for all such as bee desirous and carefull of their bodily health: containing most ready tokens, whereby every one may perfectly try, and thorowly know, as well the exact state, habit, disposition, and constitution of his body outwardly, as also the inclinations, affections, motions and desires of his minde inwardly,” Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies (CRRS) Rare Book Collection, accessed April 13, 2024, https://crrs.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/8445.