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RATIONAL RECREATIONS IN WHICH THE PRINCIPLES OF NUMBERS AND NATURAL PHILOSOPHY ARE CLEARLY AND COPIOUSLY ELUCIDATED, BY A SERIES OF EASY, ENTERTAINING, INTERESTING EXPERIMENTS AMONG WHICH ARE ALL THOSE COMMONLY PERFORMED WITH THE CARDS
London, printed for E. Law and Son; and G. G. and J. Robinson, 1794.. 4 volumes in bound in 2, complete set, 4th edition corrected 1794. 8vo, 220 x 130 mm, 8½ x 5¼ inches, 65 folding engraved illustrations, pages: (4), xvi, 267; (4), xii, 280; (4), xii, 296; (4), xvi, 367, rebound in half leather over marbled sides, gilt rules and lettering to spine. The spine of the second volume should read "VOL. III & IV" but the binder has omitted to stamp "& IV", on the second volume also the leather around the title has lightened slightly, a couple of pages slightly dusty, very occasional slight fingermark, light brown staining to 2 lower margins, small ink spot to 1 lower margin, occasional very pale browning to margins, 16 small ink notes (1 or 2 words written above the text), small closed tear to 1 margin, neatly repaired, small hole in 1 page with loss of page number, small chip to 1 fore-edge, fore-edge margin to 3 plates browned, inner margin browned on 1 plate, very pale offsetting on a few plates, tiny hole in 1 plate margin. Bindings tight and firm. A very good sturdy set. The contents of each volume are set out on the half-titles, Volume I: Arithmetical and Mechanical Experiments; Volume II: Experiments in Optics, Chromatics and Acoustics; Volume III: Electrical and Magnetical Experiments; Volume IV: Experiments in Pneumatics, Hydrology, and Pyrotechnics. With an Appendix of Miscellaneous Recreations. This Appendix (pages 175-295), contains the conjuring, magic and card tricks, "Several of the Recreations in this Appendix have, in fact, but little relation to experimental philosophy, especially those that depend on a dextrous manoeuvre; but as experiments of this kind are commonly found in books of mathematical recreations, it seemed requisite to insert some of the most entertaining among them at the end of this treatise" (author's note). See Toole Stott, A Bibliography of English Conjuring 1581-1876, page 137 No. 392. For the fireworks section (pages 127-171), see Chris Philip, A Bibliography of Firework Books, page 73, No. H110.2-5. Philip points out that Hooper states that much of this work stems from Guyot (Nouvelles Recreations Physiques et Mathematiques - 1786). "We shall here add the description of a new method of imitating artificial fireworks, which appears to be the invention of the ingenious M. Guyot" (Volume IV page 156). MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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