First edition of the Compendieuses natürliches Zauber-Buch (Compendium of Natural Magic), the Swabian pharmacist, brewer, and amateur magician Johann Wallberg's composite text on conjuring and the household arts, a work immediately conspicuous by its peculiar two-page, two-color title. The first part of the text is a comprehensive vade mecum on juggling, card tricks, sleight-of-hand, and illusions. Wallberg, who details 132 tricks of various kinds, demonstrates a vast working knowledge of pyrotechnics, optics, and tabletop chemistry, all in the service of the magician's art. Wallberg was a pioneer of the now-standard trick of turning water into wine and back again, and includes instructions for performing the conjure. The second part of the book contains detailed recipes for more than 50 alcoholic drinks, including a variety of wines, beers, brandies, schnapps, aqua vitae, Champagne, Spanish wine, and citrus liqueurs. The third part of the text veers into medical territory, Hausarznei, and alchemy, with hundreds of receipts for everything from tinctures of wine and restorative wine syrups, methods of skin grafting, and the production of the powder of sympathy, a magical curative by which a wound is healed by applying a poultice of green vitriol to the weapon that caused the wound, then burying the poultice. The Compendium of Natural Magic was very popular, as testified by three subsequent editions in the 18th century, then celebrated anew in 1994-95 with a deluxe two-volume facsimile of the 1768 edition. No copies of the first edition located in institutional libraries outside of Germany and Austria.1 A fine, unsophisticated copy, complete with the occasional wanting errata leaf, bound in contemporary cartonnage.
Frankfurt and Leipzing: 1745.
Octavo, 173 x 113 x 27 mm (binding); 171 x 111 x 24 mm (text block). , 344,  pp; )(4, A-X8, Y4. Bound alla rustica with a Bradel-two-cord structure in thin paper-covered cardstock, spine titled in ink: Zauber | Buch. Soiling and wear to covers, titling partly worn away. Interior: Intermittent pale damp, minuscule worm gallery in tail end of gutter margin, far from text, gathering S a bit proud.
Ferchl, Fritz, Chemisch-pharmazeutisches Bio- und Bibliographikon (1938), No. 565.
Kämmerer, Carmen: "Das Speyerer Zauberbuch," Bibliotheksdienst Vol 46. (2012), pp. 789-796.
Not in Simon, Vinaria
1A copy reported in WorldCat to be at the University of Washington does not occur in that library's online catalogue.