Author: J. B. (John Bulwer), fl. Title: Chirologia, or, The naturall language of the hand composed of the speaking motions, and discoursing gestures. John Bulwer, (baptized May 16, , London, England—died October 16, on his knowledge of deafness, sign language, and the human body: Chirologia; or. Chirologia; or, The Natural Language of the Hand: John Bulwer: language, and the human body: Chirologia; or, The Natural Language of the Hand ();.

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The practice is probably older than speech. Held under Sloane at the British Library. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject buower our final approval.

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Chirologia; or, The Natural Language of the Hand

A manuscript on Physiognomy. Chirologia focuses on the meanings of gestures, expressions, and body language.

Bulwer always referred to them as separate works but over time they have come to be seen as a single volume. Composed of the speaking motions, and discoursing gestures thereof.

Bulwer examined the ways in which people from different cultures transformed the human body, such as through tattooing, circumcisionor ear piercing. It is one of the first studies in comparative cultural anthropology [22] albeit with a strong tone of social commentary, “Almost every Nation having a particular whimzey as touching corporall fashions of their own invention” page 5Bulwer describes how people chiroloia their bodies and clothes but later commentators have interpreted this ostensible apolitical work as a coded piece of political theory.

St Giles in the FieldsWestminster. Bulwer was chirologis first person in Britain to discuss the possibility educating deaf people, and the novelty of the idea, and seeming impossibility, is shown when Bulwer tries to persuade “some rational men” to support the establishment of a “new Academy”, to them “the attempt seemed paradoxical, prodigious and hyperbolical; that it did rather amuse than satisfy their understanding” from the introduction.

John Bulwer

She may have been deaf. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. The main body of the text consists of 23 sections, of which 15 are concerned with deformations or modifications to the head or face.


Engraving of John Bulwer by William Faithorne. Exhibiting chlrologia philosophicall verity buler that subtile art, which may inable one with an observant eie, to heare what any man speaks by the moving of his lips.

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Towards a universal language of motion: His known friends had nearly all been educated there and he supported William Laud and the High Church party during the Civil War. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. The Renaissance and after.

Francis Bacon had described gestures as “Transient Hieroglyphics” and suggested that Gesture chirologiq be the focus of a new scientific enquiry, Bulwer was the first to undertake the task. The handshapes described in Chirologia are still used in British Sign Language.

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Later in life Bulwer would adopt a girl named Chirothea Johnson, and, as he states in his will “bred her up from a child chriologia my own”. Although only a few of his works are still read,….