Paris: Chez Gueffier, 1786.
3rd Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003048
3 volumes. 8vo (202 x 122 mm). Vol. I: , xv , 375  pp. and 32 plates; vol. II: vii , 410 pp. and 48 plates; vol. III: , 408,  pp. and 22 plates. Half-title to each volume, title pages with printer's woodcut device, woodcut head- and tailpieces, and a total of102 engraved plates. Bound in uniform contemporary mottled calf, spine with 5 raised bands gilt in compartments and with morocco lettering piece in first and second compartment of each volume, marbled edges and endpapers (spine ends scuffed, boards rubbed, light wear to extremities, hinges partially split with old repairs, cords holding). Text and plates somewhat browned, occasionally spotted and a trifle dust-soiled, light dampstaining to lower corner of vol. I. Provenance: Giancarlo Beltrame Library. Still a very good set. ----
Honeyman 1584; Caillet 4900 (both for 1st edition). THIRD EDITION of this popular work (first published 1769) on recreational mathematics and science originally published in 1769-70, covering experiments on magnetism and electricity in the first volume; optics in the second; and number games, chess, cards, slight of hand, and cryptography in the third. The author was a French polymath and manufacturer of both serious scientific instruments and conjuring apparatus; his fascination with magic and illusion is clear from this intriguing work. - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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