Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500
Sold For: £2,900
Early magic trick book, French, circa 1799,
eighty-four hand-coloured engraved plates, comprising twelve each of seven subjects, some with printed title below image, occasional light spotting or marks, mainly marginal, fore-edges stepped and notched as issued, watermarked Montg[o]lfier 99, original marbled wrappers, some minor wear to extremities, 8vo
Rare early magician's blow book. These books were so designed that a blow of air by the demonstrator and a swift riffling through the pages produced a different set of images depending on which way up the volume was held and from which notch on the fore-edge it was thumbed. Our volume has seven changes: harlequin; Le Pere; l'Abb‚; Soldat; flowers; La Mere; playing cards. By their very nature these ephemeral items were designed for heavy use, and so rarely survive, particularly in such good condition.