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First edition, hardback, bound in the original brown cloth with gilt decoration to spine. 13.5 × 8.5cm, 384pp with fold-out frontispiece. A wonderfully scarce first edition of The Young Man's Book of Amusement, which gives examples of early Victorian magic and science for entertainment. Included are: the detonating candle, to give a person a supernatural appearance (this is a mixture of phosphorous and olive oil!), artificial thunder, a powder which catches fire when exposed to the air, to cut and tear into pieces a handkerchief and to make it whole again, an artificial volcano, and to recover a fly after being drowned several hours. There are also many tricks with electricity such as the electrical kiss, shocks galore, the illuminated vacuum etc . Card tricks- including "how to tell a person any card he thinks of, and to convey it into a nut" and "to produce a mouse from a pack of cards". There is even a small section on Speaking Automata, including ventriloquism. The book ends with an 8 page section on fireworks—blue flames, wild fires, and making squibs and serpents. There are hundreds of tricks and illusions. A superb book. Condition: This copy is in very well preserved condition. The binding is original and in good order, with just a little bumping to the corners. There is a small 1cm tear to the cloth at the top front hinge but this is secure. The book lack the ffep and there is a previous owner's inscription to the front pastedown. The fold out frontis is a little creased and browned to the outer edge and foxed to the folds but as can be seen in the picture, it is in good condition. The inner binding is secure and the pages are clean. A very good copy. PLEASE SEE THE COX AND BUDGE WEBSITE FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND TO SEE OUR FULL RANGE OF BOOKS. MANY THANKS. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: The Young Man's Book of Amusement, ...
Editorial: William Milner
Año de publicación: 1839
Condición del libro: Good+
Edición: First Edition.
Descripción Edit. William Milner. Halifax, 1844, 1844. . 13 cm. 384 pág. Ilustr. con grabados en el texto y una lám. plegada, con varias ragaduras, fuera del texto. Enc. en tela edit. Ciencia recreativa. Nº de ref. de la librería 65854
Descripción William Milner, Halifax, 1846. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Early edition, 1846. Cloth hardcover with gilt title and decorations on the spine, 384 pp., illustrated (including a fold-out frontispiece), clean unmarked text, Good copy, owner's signature on the titlepage and the rear pastedown, soiling and age-toning to the pages and page-edges, creasing or light wear to the tips of some pages, minor splitting to the inner hinges, rubbing and light wear to the tips of the book's covers including minor loss, no dust jacket. We've housed the book in protective mylar. Scarce book. Nº de ref. de la librería s00022044
Descripción Milner and Sowerby, Halifax, 1851. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Estado de conservación: Good Condition. Early Edition. Original black cloth, corners bumped, joints weak and cracked but binding still sound. Acattered foxing, heavier in a few spots, notes to endpaper and one margin. Folding frontis and in text illustrations. 384ppA charming collection of magic and juvenile science tricks. Size: 16mo . Previous owner's book-plate inside front cover. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Science & Technology; Inventory No: 045184. Nº de ref. de la librería 045184