Parlor Tricks with Cards, Containing Explanations of All the Tricks and Deceptions with Playing Cards Ever Invented
New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1863.
Hardcover. 7" X 4 3/4". 130pp. Wear to brown cloth over boards with rubbing, toning, and bumps to covers, corners, and edges. Corners and edges of boards have been rubbing away, with brown cardboard visible. Dust-spotting to edges of text block. Pink highlighter and penciled notation to front paste-down and endpaper. Foxing and occasional inked notation to pages. Hinges feel tender, but binding remains sound. With seventy engravings. An admittedly worn, but overall solid copy of this nineteenth-century work on parlor tricks and card magic, with the descriptive subtitle boasting, “Explanations of all the tricks and deceptions with playing cards ever invented, embracing tricks with cards performed by skillful manipulation and sleight of hand; by the aid of memory, mental calculation, and the peculiar arrangement of the cards; by the aid of confederacy and sheer audacity.”. Good. Item #9868