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“THIS KNOTTY AND THORNY SUBJECT OF WITCHES”

WEBSTER, John. The Displaying of Supposed Witchcraft. London, 1677.

First edition, large-paper copy, of Webster's important treatise on witchcraft, which anticipates the modern psychological concept of the power of suggestion, handsomely bound by Ramage and with dignified chain of provenance, including the noted collections of Henry Huth and Compton Mackenzie. $8500.

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INSCRIBED BY HOUDINI

HOUDINI, Harry. Magician Among the Spirits. New York, 1924.

First edition of Houdini's controversial attack on fraudulent mediums and psychics, a work he described as his "monument," illustrated with 16 photogravure plates, including frontispiece of Houdini with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, boldly inscribed by him in the year of publication: To my good friend Sir Harry Lauder best wishes Houdini July 14—1924." $8500.

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FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF NAUDÉ’S “BEST KNOWN AND MOST IMPORTANT WORK,” HISTORY OF MAGICK, 1657

NAUDAEUS, G. [NAUDÉ, Gabriel]. History of Magick. London, 1657. First edition in English of the famous 17th-century history of magic, a defense of accused magicians throughout the ages, written by esteemed French scholar and librarian Gabriel Naudé, very scarce in contemporary boards. $6000.

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FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST TWELVE VOLUMES OF OSIRIS

SARTON, George, editor. Osiris. Bruges, 1936-1956. Twelve volumes.

First edition of the first twelve volumes of this important journal focusing on the history of science from ancient mathematics to alchemy in the Middle Ages to Indian astronomy. $4800.

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RARE 16TH-CENTURY ILLUSTRATED FRENCH EDITIONS
OF EARLY WORKS ON PALMISTRY, ASTROLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY

INDAGINE, Johannes ab. Chiromance & Physionomie Par le Regard Des Membres de L"Homme. Lyon, 1666. Two volumes bound in one.

Rare early French editions, with over 80 in-text diagrams, charts, and engraved illustrations. $4200.

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FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAM GODWIN’S LIVES OF THE NECROMANCERS, 1834, WITH AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM HIM TO AMERICAN DRAMATIST JOHN HOWARD PAYNE

GODWIN, William. Lives of the Necromancers. London, 1834.

First edition, with an etching of the author and an autograph letter from him to American playwright John Howard Payne tipped in. $2800.

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“I SWORE TO REHABILITATE MAGICK… TO COMPEL MANKIND TO RESPECT, LOVE AND TRUST THAT WHICH THEY SCORNED, HATED AND FEARED”

CROWLEY, Aleister. Magick in Theory and Practice. Paris, 1929.

First edition in book form of Crowley’s masterwork, the cornerstone of his religious philosophy “Thelema,” a brotherhood of “purified and chosen souls,” in scarce original dust jacket. $2200.

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“TAKE HEED, FOR IF THY SECRET BE MADE KNOWN TO PERSONS TWO OR THREE, IT WILL NO LONGER BE CONCEALED, BUT UNTO MANY BE REVEALED”

[RENNEMANN, Alexander] BOOKER, John, translator. Dutch Fortune-Teller. London, London: Printed and sold at the Printing Office in Bow Church-1690.

Early edition of this fortune-telling game, with woodcut title-page vignette and ten pages of tables. $800.

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FIRST EDITION OF PAUL WINCHELL’S VENTRILOQUISM FOR FUN AND PROFIT, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY HIM (AND “SIGNED” BY HIS TWO DUMMIES) TO EARLY TELEVISION WRITER HANNAH GOODMAN

WINCHELL, Paul. Ventriloquism for Fun and Profit. Baltimore, 1954.

First edition of the popular television ventriloquist’s “how-to” guide, warmly inscribed by him to a member of his writing staff and one of the founders of the Writers’ Guild, Hannah Goodman: “To Hannah, my admiration for you as a writer is surpassed by my regard for you as a fine human being! With Love, Paul Winchell.” Additionally “signed” by Winchell’s two dummies Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff. $700.

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SIGNED FIRST EDITION OF WILL GOLDSTON’S YOUNG CONJUROR

GOLDSTON, Will. Young Conjuror. London, 1910.

First edition of tricks intended primarily for children, signed by Goldston and dated 1913, with photographic frontispiece collage of the Master performing his magic and in-text illustrations for nearly every trick. $600.

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