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The Whole Art of Legerdemain: or Hocus Pocus in Perfection.
London: for L. Hawes and Co. and S. Crowder, and R. Ware and Co.,, 1772. By which the meanest Capacity may perform the Whole Art without a Teacher. Together with the Use of all the Instruments belonging thereto. To which is now added, Abundance of New and Rare Inventions, the like never before in Print but much desired by many. The Seventh Edition, with large Additions and Amendments. Duodecimo. Original canvas, unlettered. Woodcut frontispiece, woodcut illustrations of magic tricks in the text. Small ink inscription on frontispiece blank recto. Canvas lightly rubbed, sig. E7 with slight paper loss at upper outer corner, including page numeral and a letter either side, the sense easily guessed; this the only flaw in what is otherwise a superb copy in the original binding, rare thus. A remarkably fresh copy of by far the best-known eighteenth-century book on conjuring, first published in 1722. Rare: ESTC locates three copies only of this edition in Britain (BL, Glasgow University and Senate House libraries) and the Folger copy in America.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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