Anthropometamorphosis : man transform’d or, The artificial changling

In this curious work on comparative cultural anthropology, English physician Bulwer, best known for his work on communicating with the deaf via gestures; casts his eye towards lands both exotic and familiar, discussing subjects as diverse as women’s maladies, eunuchs and breast feeding, together with all manner of rites for decorating and transforming the human body. Presented here in abundant woodcut illustrations are tattooing, scarring, binding, growing of the fingernails and piercings of all kinds.

John Bulwer, 1653. Layton Collection 16573


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