habitus mentis enim in corporis status cernitur (St. Ambrose)....
Detailed, thoroughly bibliographed (slightly dry) academic studies of gesture. The Chapters are (I will add details as I go along):
Introduction. Keith Thomas (Very interesting). pp. 1-14
Ch. 1: Walking, Standing, and Sitting in Ancient Greek Culture. Jan Bremmer (Sterling scholarship), 15-35
Ch. 2: Gestures and Conventions (in Roman Oratory/Quintillian) and Stage). Fritz Graf
(in oratory, gesture was part of actio/hypokrisis and was formalized. Graf is an outstanding scholar),
Ch. 3: The Rational of Gestures in the West (3rd-13th cen.). J.-C. Schmitt, pp. 59-70. Very superficial
Ch. 4: The Language of Gesture in Early Modern Italy. Peter Burke (author of a Social History of Knowledge).
Academic conference papers - somewhat dry. Interesting, but uneven. The remainder of the ToC is:
Ch. 5: The Renaissance Elbow (84-128)
Ch. 6: Gesture in the ancien Regime (129-151)
Ch. 7: Shaking hands in the Dutch Republic (152-189)
Ch. 8: 18th cen. Poland - Gesture (190-209)
Ch. 9: The Kiss sacred and profane - Cross-cultural (210-236)
Ch. 10 Gestured Masculinity in rural Andalusia (237-252)
Followed by a detailed bibliography at pp. 253-260, plus index nominum et rerum