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Physiognomische Fragmente zur Beförderung der Menschenkenntnis und Menschenliebe, 4 vol. (177578; Essays on Physiognomy, 178998) is a study of physiognomy by Johann Kaspar Lavater. Goethe worked with Lavater on the book, and the two enjoyed a friendship which endend when Lavater tried to convert Goethe to christianity.

The fame of this book, which found admirers in France and England as well as in Germany, rests upon the handsome style of publication and the accompanying illustrations. The two principal sources from which Lavater developed his study were from the writings of the Italian polymath Giambattista della Porta and the observations made by Sir Thomas Browne in his Religio Medici (translated into German in 1748 and praised by Lavater).

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