Ca. 1890. Illustrated children's trick & puzzle book, the rear wrapper with advertisement illustrated with black children in an idealized African landscape with white farmer and ostrich farm in the distance.
An advertising booklet for Colman's Starch and Mustard, and Robinson's Patent Barley along with instructions on how to perform the tricks, with twelve full page color illustrations. Color lithographs by G. D.
Tricks include: How to change Ink into clear Water; How to Float a needle on Water; A Laughable Thread Trick, the Disappearing Sixpence; the Dancing Egg; Edible Candle Ends; To Tell whether a coin when spun upon the Table falls Head or Tail upward; To divide an Apple into several parts without breaking the rind; To Rub one Sixpence into three; Jumping Frogs; How to make Thunder; The Hoop and the Egg; Tricks with Quills; The Three Spoons; The Vanishing Penny; The Ball of Worsted Trick; and, as an advertisement, The Trick of obtaining beautiful Linen.
Large 12mo, not paginated (18 leaves). Stiff illustrated paper wrappers, with color illustration front wrapper of boy in red cape performing a trick. Staple bound, tiny amount of stain at staple at gutter, otherwise bright and fresh. OCLC: 471407619. Very good condition. Item #19816