The Young Man’s Book of Amusement, First Edition, 1846

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We sold this item at auction for $120
 in October, 2014.

Published in 1846 by William Milner of Cheapside, this first edition of The Young Man’s Book of Amusement was sold at auction for $120. This early hardback edition is collected today for its rarity and serves as a window into the pastimes and curiosities of 19th-century youth.

Content Overview

The book is packed with a mix of experiments and magic tricks, all designed to entertain and enlighten its readers. Here’s a closer look at what’s found inside:

  • Miniature Fireworks: Detailed instructions on creating small-scale pyrotechnic displays.
  • Fulminating Bombs: Experiments elucidating the creation and effects of explosive devices.
  • The Exploding Bubble: Techniques for generating and manipulating bubbles with surprising outcomes.
  • The Magic Picture: Instructions on creating visual illusions and deceptive imagery.
  • Optical Illusions: Explorations into visual phenomena that challenge perception.
  • Light Produced by Sugar: Experiments showcasing the luminescent properties of sugar.
  • Magical Transmutations: Techniques for transforming ordinary objects through illusion.
  • The Bottle Conjuror: Feats of sleight of hand involving bottles and containers.
  • Experiments in Magnetism: Demonstrations of magnetic principles and phenomena.
  • The Metamorphosed Cards: Early examples of card manipulation and transformation.
  • Card in Egg: Illusions involving the appearance of cards within eggs.
  • Torn and Restored Handkerchief: Tricks involving the tearing and subsequent restoration of fabric.

Additional Features

In addition to its focus on magic and experimentation, The Young Man’s Book of Amusement contains sections devoted to card tricks and ventriloquism. Illustrated diagrams accompany the textual instructions, enhancing the reader’s understanding of the techniques presented.

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