Guide to Chirology

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Guide to Chirology, by Harry Ash, Watford, c. 1800s (Action on Hearing Loss Library).

Harry Ash perhaps produced this pamphlet initially in the late 1880s or the 1890s. A pencil note on the first page says ‘Design at 24. “X” marked on each.’ If this is a note by Ash, it would suggest that those parts were designed in 1887/8. It is interesting that Ash, who, in his last five months at school had taught himself French while the other boys were sleeping, revived the use of the term ‘chirology’.