01Puss in Boots Fortune Telling Machine US c1896 The machine selects a card and gives to the depositor of the one cent. Smith Collection.
Chesterfield Cigarettes advert, 194303 selling
the future anxieties in Insurance.04 advertisement
US 05 Yvonne
B.Charlot, Tea-Cup Fortune Telling with
a Chapter on Mascots & Lucky Charms, Universal Pulications, London
1936 cover page size 10 x 17cms 06 electric
light bulbs07 cartoon,
scout and gypsy fortune teller08 From The
Complete Works of Jean Baptiste Belot,
12 One of the celebrated French Popular prints, Un Image d'Epnal (at the Pellerin Factory), a portrait of the Seer and Teller of the Future, Nostradamus.
13 The Oraculum
14 Chinese almanac
15, 16, from Francesco Marcolini, Giardino dei pensieri... Venice 1784.This is a famous reprint of the 1550 classic work on fortune telling and cards with new emblematic illustrations by Giuseppe Daniotto.
17 from Maistre Laurens l'Esprit Le Passe-Temps de la Fortune des dez.... Paris 1534 the use of dice in fortune telling
18 The Oraculum was a standard way of divining the future to be found in many almanacs of the nineteenth century. Simply make lines of dots, ask the question, and seek your answer.
19 two leaves from T'Ung Shu an ancient Chinese almanac Divination from physiognomic features (above) and from the tables of the Four Seasons (below)
20 Sigismondo Fanti, Triumpha di fortuna, the 1521 edition with disputed authorship of the images - perhaps Dosso Dossi. One of the many Fortune Telling books in sixteenth century Italy.
21 Lorenzo Spirito, El Libro dala Ventura overo il Libro de la Sorte , Milan 1501, and a book with rich decoration and multiple imagery of Kings. The reader seeks guidance for the future by choosing a King figure which acts as a signpost to an instruction of throwing a dice, which again leads to the figure of a prophet and an advisory text.
22 A Chinese Divination Compass intended to indicate the most auspicious direction or place for construction or the occurrence of an event. From Henry Dore (M.Kennelly trans) , Researches into Chinese Superstitions, T'Usewei Printing Press, Shanghai 1922
|Sir Joihn Melton, ASTROLOGASTER OR THE FIGURE CASTER 1620|
|Datus (Augustinus) In Eloquentiae praecepta... Cologne 1522 an image of FORTUNE|
|Another plate from Marcolini, VANITAS|
|A DIAGRAM OF PROPHESIES , da Fiore, In jeremiam...Cologne 1577|
|Telling the Future from sand in the Teacup|
|Defying Portents and Ill Luck (Hammerton, Manners and Customs of Mankind)|