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Astley, Phillip

The author was "riding-master, Westminster-Bridge," and the 24 tricks described here were "intended to be added to the several Entertainments of the above Place, for the Year, 1785, only." Christopher notes on early card for this book-"mostly pirated from Decremps. Astley claims to have invented the bullet catch in 1762. A little late."

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