Tezuma hayadenju [trans.: How to Learn Magic Tricks Quickly].
Many double & single-page illus. of tricks in the text. 30 leaves (of 33, apparently lacking the advertisement leaves at end). 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (rather rubbed & tired), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover (rubbed), modern stitching. [Osaka: Preface dated 1825 but probably published in 1849].
First edition of this charmingly illustrated work on Japanese magic. Jipposha (active 1844-49), was the author of two other magic books, both also published in the 1840s. Following the very witty preface, the author describes 35 tricks, each depicted in the text. The illustrations are particularly lively and clever. Some of the... More