It is possible to find a number of books titled Practical Palmistry, but back in 1904 Henry Firth wrote the original. The full title of his book is Practical Palmistry: a reliable treatise on the art of character reading and methods of recalling past and foretelling future events upon examination of the hand!
For anyone interested in vintage books on divination this is a must have for your library. I’ve found an inexpensive edition which is a reproduction from an original copy of his book so you know nothing is “lost” or “left out” in the new publication. Here are a few paragraphs to give you a feel for this book:
“The fourth finger is dedicated to Mercury, and is especially useful to business men, but it betrays the cheat, the liar, and the thief, or the person having any bias in those directions. If long it seeks knowledge; science in a good hand. In a bad hand this knowledge will be turned to bad uses, to business-cunning, finesse. If short, the mind is apt to work quickly. If it do not rise above the upper joint of the third finger the possessor will be ruled rather than ruling. The phalanges deserve attention, as business aptitude lies in the uppermost if squared tip, eloquence if pointed. The second is the reasoning, business man’s phalange good at teaching and reasonable. The third means industry, work, but if too long the lying, fraudulent spirit stands confessed, while sometimes mechanical science lives in the flattened or spatulate finger-tip. The love of writing is also confessed in the rather swollen top-joint of the fourth finger. Thus the shorter fourth finger possesses quickness and intelligence ; the longer, deductive reasoning, knowledge. The pointed little finger gives elo- quence, talk, on any subject with some smartness and intuition. A few general remarks upon the Hand will close this section. A white hand mean s coldness and egoism. A hard hand, activity ; soft, indolence. Hairy hands indicate the desire for luxuries, and if hair be upon the phalanges, anger, even cruelty. Want of hair presupposes weakness and effeminacy.
There are no surer indications of character than Nails, and it is curious that they have not been more fully treated in books. Such a palpably easy method of confirming one’s theories is very useful particularly as a test for temper, and though there may be slight variations upon the understated types, the general disposition may be estimated from them pretty accurately. In estimating character from the nails, the pinker portion alone should be considered, though the cause or the apparent reason for long or short nails beyond the fingertips which they shield should be noticed. For instance, a bitten nail denotes nervousness and an irritable, worried temperament. Long, curving nails indicate bad tempers, particularly if flat, instead of rounded, at the bottom parts. If thin and ”fluted” they show warning signals of weak health. Short nails — that is, nails short between the skin and the fingertip, with a tendency in the skin to cover them — give signs of a critical nature, and often go with square fingers. Short and squared, they indicate obstinacy if wide ; pugnacity if long. Sometimes the middle finger displays these characteristics, while the others are either what is termed almond shaped, or curved at the bottom, the thumb displaying a white crescent.” Enjoy!
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