[MAGIC]. PIESSE, G.W. Septimus (author). Chymical Natural And Physical Magic Intended For The Instruction And Entertainment of Juveniles During The Holiday Vacation. London; Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts. 1858.
8vo. Publisher's harlequin cloth, original glazed yellow endpapers; pp. [v], vi-xvi + 201 + 24 (publisher's catalogue); with engraved magic frontispiece portrait of the author which appears blank but reveals itself when heated, and wood-engraved figures and diagrams throughout; an unusually good copy of a book which invariably appears in very worn condition, with some overall fading and rubbing, tanning to spine, some light dust-soiling, and wear to spine ends with a small nick to head; internally fresh throughout; scarce in anything like collectible condition.
First edition. A fascinating compendium of 172 chemical, optical, psychological, and mathematical tricks devised to entertain the young during school vacations, including the Rainbow Fire-Cloud; Houdin's Nut Trick; The Wizard's Chain; Hearing with the Teeth; To eat a Peck of paper shavings and convert them into Ribbon; and Wiljalba Frikell's Obedient Watch.