The book that for more than a century has been the standard reference for reading the hand, now in a completely reformatted edition.
Palmistry is one of the ancient arts, practiced in Egypt, India, Greece and Rome and prized as a sacred and peculiar gift. Its practitioners were highly respected philosophers, oracles and priests. Yet by the 17th century, it had become a lost art, kept alive almost solely in gypsy camps. And by the end of the 19th century, it was seen as little more than quackery, a small step up (or down) from fortune telling and alchemy.
When it was originally published (as The Laws of Scientific Hand Reading), Benham's book immediately transformed the image of palm reading from a huckster's trick to a practice with a firm scientific basis. It quickly became an essential reference work for anyone serious about palm reading.
The Essential Edition brings Benham's original text back in print. It also updates many of the graphics, which have become obscured through numerous printings. Benham's words remain as viable today as they were 100 years ago, as they form the foundation of modern palmistry.
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William G. Benham continued his study of palmistry throughout his life—also authoring How to Choose Vocations From the Hand in 1932. His work has stood the test of time and influenced generations of students and practitioners of palmistry.
Rita Robinson is a published writer of non-fiction and short stories that have appeared in more than 1,200 magazines on three continents. A former reporter and award-winning journalist, her syndicated column, "Healthy Notions," appears in dozens of regional senior publications throughout the country. She is also the author of 11 books, including: The Palm: A Guide to Your Hidden Potential, Discover Yourself Through Palm Reading, and Survivors of Suicide. Many of her works have also been published in a number of other countries, including Russia, France, and China. A student of palmistry for more than 25 years, she has been quoted as an expert in numerous publications, including Martha Stewart Living.
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Book Description New Page Books, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111564148556