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A very rare third edition of easily the most popular Dutch conjuring book of the 17th and 18th centuries. It went through numerous editions, amusing generations of children as well as adults at home and at parties. Landwehr ascribes the book to Willem Goeree, who first published the book at Middelburg in 1679. Goeree probably chooses the pseudonym Witgeest (white spirit) as a guarantee that the book contained white rather than black magic. This third edition explains about 800 conjuring tricks, including card tricks, mathematical tricks, the making of glass, anamorphoses, camera obscura, memory tricks, and many more. The last 48 pages contain recipes for perfumed soaps, cosmetics, etc.
This edition is from 1739 published by Gysbert de Groot Keur. Contemporary binding, with the spine detached. See photos for details
From the Henk Vermeyden Legacy.