This is the complete and unabridged text of Cheiro's Language of the Hand which is regarded as the go-to Bible by both professional and amateur students of palmistry.
Cheiro acquired his expertise in India. At a young age he travelled to the port of Apollo Bunder, Bombay, where he met his Guru, an Indian Chitpavan Brahmin, who took him to his village in the Konkans, where he was permitted to study the ancient books on hands and hand reading.
After studying palmistry for over two years, he returned to England and started practicing palmistry in London. Soon he was enjoying a wide following of famous clients from around the world, including celebrities like Mark Twain, William Stead, Sarah Bernhardt, Mata Hari, Oscar Wilde, Thomas Edison, the Prince of Wales, General Kitchener, William Gladstone, and Joseph Chamberlain.
So popular was Cheiro as palmist that even those who were non-believers had their hands read by him. Sceptical Mark Twain wrote in Cheiro's visitor's book that "he (Cheiro) has exposed my character to me with humiliating accuracy. I ought not confess this accuracy, still I am moved to do so."
It is said that while reading the palm of the Chairman of the company that owned Titanic, Cheiro predicted the sinking of the famous ship.
Cheiro wrote this book based on his lifetime practice and study of hands across England, Europe and America. In the book he writes, "I have endeavoured to place clearly and candidly before the intelligence of the reader the rules and the theories I have proved to be true, and from whose foundations I have built whatever success I have achieved."