THAUMATURGY, ESCAMOTAGE, AND ROSICRUCIANS: HISTORY OF CONJURING AND MAGIC
EVANS, Henry Ridgely. History of Conjuring and Magic. From the Earliest Times to the End of the Eighteenth Century. Kenton, Ohio: William W. Durbin, 1930. Large octavo, original blue cloth. $250.
New and revised edition of this history of magic, offering information about the world’s best magicians and detailing their most famous tricks.
Evans, a journalist, magician, and spiritualist, crafted a history of the magical arts, from ancient Egypt through the Middle Ages and into the 20th century. Includes biographical portraits of magicians such as Alexander Herrmann, Robert-Houdin, and Houdini, with elaborate descriptions of their acts and the tricks and daring feats that made them so beloved. Preceded by the first edition published by the International Brotherhood of Magicians in 1928. Contemporary owner inscription.