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This work originally began in 1989 as a short history of chirology of some three thousand words and was but merely a summary of the main events in the development of chirology over the centuries. However, historical studies have a habit of drawing you in and leaving you unsatisfied until all stones have been turned! The second draft multiplied to thirty thousand words and the third draft, in turn, multiplied to some sixty thousand words. Some seven years after finishing the research this, the fourth draft, is finally published. And yet, there are still many more nooks and crannies to be explored. For although this work comprehensively covers the literature to be found in academic institutions within the UK, notable gaps can readily be seen with regard to the literature held within European institutions and much more so with regard to the history of the development of the art in countries such as India, China and the Middle East. Despite these obvious shortfalls, it is some consolation to consider that a historical overview such as this can never be truly complete; it can only be a history of that which has been written down and can therefore only be a history of those texts which have survived the many centuries. Of that which has not been preserved, we can know nothing.
This work is therefore presented knowing that there is still yet more to be written.

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The Spellbinding Power of Palmistry - Johnny Fincham
'The Spellbinding Power of Palmistry'