Scarce portrait of Richard Saunders.
Richard Saunders (1613 - circa 1687) was an English chiromancer, who wanted to legitimize it as a science. He published several works, his first Physiognomie and Chiromancie, Metroscopie being mostly a translation of Jean Belot's Les Oeuvres. Ten years later, in 1663, Saunders published Palmistry, the Secrets thereof Disclosed in which he states that a chiromancer must not only be a good observer, have a good memory, be honest and discreet, but also have knowledge of astrology, philosophy, mathematics and linguistics. Alongside chiromany, he was also a respected astrologer and even published a book on practical physics.