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DECREMPS, Henri.
La magie blanche dévoilée, ou explication des tours surprenans qui sont depuis peu l'admiration de la capitale & de la province.Paris, Liège, Brussels, F.J. Desoer, 1789-1791. 5 volumes. 8vo. With 2 engraved frontispieces, 3 frontispieces with letterpress text and a woodcut, 184 woodcuts (several full-page) in the text and 2 folding tables. 3. Near contemporary green half sheepskin, gold-tooled spines.
VIII, 118; VIII, 270, [1]; XVI, 262, [1]; XII, 266; [4], 244 pp.Rare complete set (second edition?) of Decremps's popular work on conjuring and physics tricks, first published in 1784. Henri Decremps (1746-1826), a Parisian lawyer and amateur conjuror, sought to unmask Giovanni Giuseppe Pinetti, the most celebrated magician of the 18th century. Pinetti had gained fame as a flamboyant performer, but Decremps considered him a charlatan who cheated people for personal profit. In the first volume Decremps unveils several of his most famous tricks, including one named "Theophrastus Paracelsus", involving a pigeon supposedly being beheaded, a mechanical singing bird, an automaton chess-player and a dancing egg that jumps out of a hat. The frontispiece in vol. 1 shows the magician throwing a deck of cards in the air and nailing shooting a card with a pistol. As a reaction to Decremps's attack Pinetti published his own instruction book, Physical amusements, and prepared a new show. Decremps then published a supplement revealing Pinnetti's latest tricks, followed by three subsequent volumes almost entirely devoted to physics tricks: Testament de Jérome Sharp, Les petites aventures de Jérome Sharp and finally Codicile de Jérome Sharp. Decremps's work proved very popular: it was reprinted and translated numerous of times. Sets comprising all five volumes are rare.In very good condition. A rare complete set of an important conjuring book, in lovely uniform near contemporary bindings.l Cf. Caillet 2861-2864 (first eds); Hall, Old Conjuring Books, pp. 156-158, 174; Christopher, Magic: a … [Click Below for Full Description]
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