Instead of writing something about this great book by St Germain i am putting his preface here for u so that u know how this book was written.
Among the tens of thousands orf American readers who have given such a pleasant welcome to my syndicate articles and to my elementary work entitled PRACTICAL PALMISTRY.” a large number have done me the honor of communicating with me with a view of increasing their knowledge of this most fascinating science. Many have even visited Chicago and requested me to give them personal and exhaustive instruction in Palmistry. I finally decided, a year ago, to comply with these solicitations, and have devoted a few hours, every day, to the teaching of the science rendered famous in this XIX. Century by the splendidly successful efforts of Desbarrolles and d”Arpentigny. Class after class attended my studio and received favorably whatever conscientious instruction my twenty-nine years of chi-rosophic studies entitled me to give them. Typewritten copies of these lessons were distributed to the pupils, and gradually modified so as to suit almost any fair grade of intellect. They have now grown to the size of a two-volume manual, and having stood well the test of actual and widely approved teaching, they are pre-sented to the public at large with large additions, modifications and improvements and with over 1,100 illustrations, especially drawn for this work.
As a patient and painstaking instructor – and I may claim that much without fear of contradiction – I have aimed at the following results, which I failed to see realized in any book on Palmistry published to this day:
1. Clearness and absence of useless theorizing.
2. System and thoroughly logical classification.
3. Completeness. In this respect I may be allowed to state that the present book contains between two and ten times more reliable observations than any work ever published in the English tongue.
For instance, in the two largest books, of comparatively recent date, devoted to chirosophy or to the language of the hand, I find that, concerning the Line of Life and the Lines of Influence that proceed from it, one of these works contains 69 observations and the other 49. In this book, the same subject is is treated in over 200 observations, all of the first importance and all illustrated by means of one separate illustration for each indication.
To this wealth of technical information I have added hundreds of actual cases from life, chosen from the untranslated works of Desbarrolles and others, or from my own stock of experiences.
An illustration accompanies each of these most interesting facts, completing the theory as fast as it is developed through the book. I soon found that in no other way can the pupil’s mind be brought to grasp the intricacies of this most minute and ever varied study.