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Rare books including first editions and copies in fine bindings related to magical tricks, conjuring, prestidigitation, and illusions.

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  1. Inside the Medium's Cabinet.
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    Inside the Medium's Cabinet.

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To my friend Dr. Geo. M. MacRae with best wishes, Dunninger". Joseph Dunninger was one of the most famous mentalists of the twentieth century, a friend of Houdini and pioneer of performing magic on television. This volume is his exposé of spiritualism, describing it as "trickery and fraud" and analysing in detail how all the medium's illusions are performed. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 80370

    Signed: Yes

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  2. The Pyrotechnist's Treasury The Complete Art of Making Fireworks.

    The Pyrotechnist's Treasury The Complete Art of Making Fireworks.

    Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged.
    The uncommon, definitive second edition of Kentish's classic of pyrotechnics - "one of the greatest classic how-to-do-pyrotechnic books that have ever been written" (Philip) - just four copies of this edition recorded on Copac - NLS, Oxford, Cambridge, and TCD - no copy in BL; OCLC adds 11 copies in the US. First published in 1878, the text of the second edition was expanded by 18 pages, and 10 plates added, as the new preface explains; "The present edition contains much additional information, many fresh illustrations, and several pieces of a construction entirely new … For the rest, I have carefully revised the book throughout, and have supplied the minutest information in every instance in which it appeared to be defective … The work appears to me now complete". Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1887

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 87259

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  3. Magical Rope Ties and Escapes.

    Magical Rope Ties and Escapes.

    First and only edition, first impression. Fragile and uncommon, just 10 locations on OCLC. A guide by the famous illusionist on how to perform ties "of two distinct types, namely, those adapted to use in spiritualistic work, and those intended for the escape artist" (preface). Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1921

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 96849

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  4. The Whole Art of Legerdemain: or Hocus Pocus in Perfection.

    The Whole Art of Legerdemain: or Hocus Pocus in Perfection.

    By which the meanest Capacity may perform the Whole Art without a Teacher. Together with the Use of all the Instruments belonging thereto. To which is now added, Abundance of New and Rare Inventions, the like never before in Print but much desired by many. The Seventh Edition, with large Additions and Amendments.
    A remarkably fresh copy of by far the best-known eighteenth-century book on conjuring, first published in 1722. Rare: ESTC locates three copies only of this edition in Britain (BL, Glasgow University and Senate House libraries) and the Folger copy in America. Learn More
    £6,250

    Date of Publication: 1772

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 107439

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  5. Eduardo Paolozzi.
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    Eduardo Paolozzi.

    Recurring Themes. An exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy for the Edinburgh 1984 International Festival organised by the Scottish Sculpture Trust.
    First and only edition, signed by Paolozzi on the front board, and inscribed by him "For Cecil & Mary, Eduardo" on the half-title. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1984

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 107447

    Signed: Yes

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  6. 116459

    The Book of the Holy Graal.

    First edition, first impression of this collection of poetry. Arthur Edward Waite was a mystic and historian of occultism and alchemy and is most famous now for his pictorial tarot deck, designed in 1910 with Pamela Coleman Smith; however, he "was never truly an occultist: in all his work he presented himself as a non-denominational mystic" (ODNB). The publisher was the owner of Watkins Books, or, as it was then known, the "University of Rejected Sciences", a meeting place for leading occult figures. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1921

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116459

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