Shuseki ikkyo tezuma hayadenju [trans.: Magical Entertainments provided by a Master].
by JIPPOSHA, Ichimaru.
Fine woodcut port. of a magician & many illus. of tricks in the text. 29 (of 33, lacking the four leaves of index at the beginning); 7 folding leaves. Two parts in one vol. 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers, modern stitching. [Osaka: 1849]. First edition of this very richly illustrated work on Japanese magic. Jipposha (active 1844-49), was the author of two other magic books, both published also in the 1840s. The deceptions are portrayed in the woodcuts in a particularly vivid way. The tricks include pouring sake into a bottomless cup, mysterious appearances and disappearances of eggs, bringing out many things from a tiny box, tricks with fire, making a reception room seem as if it were the ocean, floating candles, sword swallowing, dancing chopsticks, dancing fire over water, tongue piercing, mystical creatures entering rooms, juggling acts, lifting very heavy things effortlessly, coin tricks, etc. Many of the tricks or deceptions require audience participation. Very good copy, lacking the four leaves of index. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5338)
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