[Badcock, John]. Winter Amusements, or Art of Making Fire Works
Publisher: Orlando Hodgson. London;
Date of Publication: 1820
Stock Code: 4870
SECOND EDITION. Undated [c.1820]. 12mo. xv,., 200pp. Large hand-coloured gatefold engraved frontispiece entitled “Philosophical Recreations”. Original reeded brown cloth with titles and decoration in gilt to spine and decorative border in blind to boards. Primrose yellow endpapers. Covers a little rubbed with small pale stain to upper board and some toning; corners bruised and very minor wear at spine tips. Inner front hinge cracked but firm; ffep creased with associated 1/2 inch closed tear to foredge. Frontis has been misfolded with associated creasing and a few very small nicks to edge; scattered foxing and a little fingermarking.
Previously printed under title “Philosophical Recreations” (by Thomas Hughes) a popular volume of drawing-room amusements, sleight-of-hand, card tricks and much more. 301 Amusements are listed including chemical experiments and optics, with the majority being magic tricks or optical illusions. Badcock was an English sporting writer publishing work on racing, slang, pugilism and related topics, also using pseudonyms Jon Bee and John Hinds, during the earlier part of the nineteenth century. No doubt the activities listed here kept the sporting fraternity occupied during their long winter evenings. Rare, whilst COPAC locates six copies of Philosophical Recreations there are no copies of this, the second edition.