Berlin: Verlag von Gebrüder Gropius, 1831. Item #03285
An Amazing Collection of Fascinating Illusionist Disguises
With Twenty-Four Hand Colored Lithograph Plates - A Most Unusual Work
DORBECK, Franz Buchard. Masken-Anzüge zu Polter-Abenden und Bällen. [Masked-Suits for Concerts and Balls].Berlin: Verlag von Gebrüder Gropius, 1831.
First and only edition. Octavo (9 3/8 x 6 1/4 inches; 239 x 159 mm.). [iv].
Twenty-four magnificent hand-colored lithograph plates (without captions) representing illusions for Weddings and Balls. The plates are in pairs, the first plate shows the disguise or illusion in full - the second plate shows how the illusion was produced.
Publisher's original drab boards titled in black, neatly rebacked to style, board edges worn.
The introduction (in German) roughly translates as follows: The circumstances of this booklet of 'Masks and Suits' requires no further explanation, because when the second sheet is referred to, it is shown how the illusion is done.
An amazing collection of fascinating illusionist disguises - a most unusual work - we have never seen nor heard of it before.
The colored plates:
1-2. Old woman giving a man a 'Piggy-back'.
3-4. Old Monk with a 'straw' lady on his back.
5-6. Dwarf with a large head has another man seated cross-legged on top of his head.
7-8. A man with the top half of his body facing forward, whilst the lower half is facing backward.
9-10. A man seen mending some cloth while seated on a large table.
11-12. A man (Bacchus) sitting astride a wine barrel .
13-14. A carnival character 'riding' a costume horse.
15-16. A man with two heads and three legs.
17-18. An old woman with a masked man riding on her back in a wicker basket.
19-20. A man seen walking on his hands.
21-22. A 'man' made of wine or beer barrels.
23-24. A fierce looking magician or sorcerer.
We have located only two other copies, one at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and one in a private collection in the UK.