Scientific Amusements in Philosophy and Mathematics: including Arithmetic, Acoustics, Electricity, Magnetism, Optics, Pneumatics, together with Amusing Secrets in various branches of Science, the Whole calculated to form an Agreeable and Improving Exercise for the Mind.

London: Printed for A.K. Newman and Co....also Griffin and Co.,Glasgow, 1821. First edition Includes long sections on throwing “any point. . . with One, Two, Three, or more Dice,”card tricks including “The Four Indivisible Kings,” an animated feather, artifical spider, “the magician’s chace,” electrical kite, dancing balls, “the mysterious watch,” a magic oracle, and many others. Engraved frontispiece by Davenport after Thurston, complete with the half-title. First few leaves with some foxing, old ink number on verso of title. A very good copy of an uncommon book. Contemporary calf, rebacked, with original spine laid down. Twelvemo. xii, 276pp. Item #15969

Enfield (1741-1797) was a Unitarian minister and friend of Joseph Priestley—even though the two did not always agree. He is best known for his two-volume history of philosophy, published in 1791, based on Bruckner's five-volume Historia critica philosophiae, and for his compilation of works dealing with elocution, The Speaker (1774).

Toole Stott, Bibliography of English Conjuring, 274.

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