Blow Book or Magic Picture Book in Rare Slipcase
MAGIC AND CONJURING. [Blow Book] Hokus-Pokus. Blow Book or Magic Picture Book, Amusing and Interesting for Young and Old. London: N. & Co. , 1900.
Original color pictorial wrappers over cloth backstrip, depicting the conjurer surrounded by a witch, imp, and other creatures. Twelvemo (6 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches; 155 x 105 mm). 40 leaves. With almost every leaf with a lithographic illustration, most in full color. The illustrations include silhouettes, postage stamps, comic costumes, etc. The first page of text is the instructional page in English and German. Other text pages follow in German, English, French, Dutch, Italian and Russian. In rare original slipcase. Slipcase is stamped in gilt with front reading "The Magical Book from A. Speelman & Bro. Manufacturers of Cigars Shipchandlers and Novelty Dealers. Rotterdam." and back of slipcase with a devil stamped in gilt holding a sign reading "Hokus-Pokus." Front and back wrapper with a few tiny closed tears. Back wrapper with one minor chip to outer edge. Some minor soiling to wrappers. Slipcase with some rubbing, bumping and chipping along edges. Some very mild toning to leaves. Overall a very good copy of this fun and unusual book.

"This Book affords much fun and amusement as its contents change by the will of its owner many times. It shows first only plain white leaves, then changed into a stamp Album, a picture Book, black Silhouettes, Carricatures, Animals, Letters etc." (From the first text page). The pictures in the book change ten times.

HBS # 68185 $1,500