1842 LETTERS ON NATURAL MAGIC TO SIR WALTER SCOTT - MAGIC INVENTIONS ALCHEMY
LETTERS ON NATURAL MAGIC, ADDRESSED TO SIR WALTER SCOTT
Book Details + Condition: John Murray (London), 1842. By Sir David Brewster. Hardcover with full leather boards, measuring 6.25" x 4.25". Black-and-white illustrations throughout text. In this compilation, former child prodigy David Brewster (17810-1868), who invented and named the kaleidoscope in 1816, details various natural phenomena as used in magic such as: optical illusions, spectral illusions, magic lantern, feats of strength, automata, Babbage's calculating machines, ventriloquism, wonders of chemistry, alchemy, breathing fire, and spontaneous combustion. A sound and clean copy, with wear to original leather boards; rubbing to corners and edges; interior hinges cracked but binding remains firm; boards appear to have been partially re-attached; interior is clean and free of markings.