Tejina hayagaten [trans.: Quick Introduction to Magic or Magic for Beginners].
by YOMAN DOSHI (certainly a pen name).
Many woodcut illus. in the text. 19 folding leaves (several leaves misbound but complete, the final leaf a blank). Small 8vo, orig. wrappers (tired & rubbed, pale dampstaining at front), orig. block-printed label on upper cover (partly rubbed away), modern stitching. [Japan: no publisher, late Edo]. First edition; WorldCat locates only the LC copy. This is a well-known and frequently mentioned book in the history of Japanese magic. The anonymous author provides 66 tricks or deceptions; most are illustrated. The tricks are not for professionals but for amateurs in social occasions, using porcelains, swords, coins, candlelight, fans, water, cooking ware, flame blowers, board games, etc. Also included are instructions on how to attract and collect mice, sword swallowing, making snow in summertime, how to make fireworks with special effects, etc. Very good copy. Rare. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5328)
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