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Hiji hyakusen [trans.: Selected One Hundred Secret Magic, Medical, & Spiritual Tricks]
Numerous woodcut illus. in the text (two are double-page). 46 folding leaves. Small 8vo, orig. wrappers (wrappers somewhat worn & wormed), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover, modern stitching. Osaka: 1827 (?). First edition of this influential magic book. The illustrations depict many tricks, including a kettle with the ability to pour water forever, a nail through the tongue, juggling, dyeing techniques, making eggs stand upright, imaginary waves on a wooden floor, swallowing a dagger, concealing things in one's sleeve, card tricks, floating candles, snake charming, spot removal, medical remedies, how to cure hiccups, treatments for burns, etc. One of the double-page illustrations in Vol. I depicts magicians in front of an audience. A sequel was published in 1848. Internally a very good copy.
      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
Last Found On: 2016-12-01           Check availability:      Biblio    


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