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"IT'S ALL TRUE"

HOUDINI, Harry. A 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," an exceptional and desirable presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Rabbi I. Jesse Bienenfeld, Best wishes & regards from Houdini, October 30, 1925, 'and it's all true.'" Additionally boldly signed with a flourish by Houdini on the dedication page, and again on page 270, the final page of text. With a handwritten comment on page 210 that reads, "Zancig [another magician] has given me a sworn to letter that he fooled Sir A C Doyle and tells me how he did it in spite of the fact that ACD said it was real telepathy. H." Page 264 includes a marginal comment "died 1924 – H.H." And finally on page 206 Houdini has crossed out text from the book and initialed his correction "H.H." $12,500.

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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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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. $6,000.00$4,200.00

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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. $4,800.00$3,360.00

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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. $4,200.00$2,940.00

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FIRST EDITION OF WALTER SCOTT ON DEMONOLOGY AND WITCHCRAFT, 1830, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH 12 HAND-COLORED PLATES BY CRUIKSHANK

SCOTT, Walter. Letters On Demonology and Witchcraft. London, 1830.

First edition of one of Scott's final works, expressing the writer's lifelong interest in witchcraft and the supernatural, this copy extra-illustrated with 12 plates by noted Victorian illustrator George Cruikshank in triple suite, one suite hand-colored, handsomely bound by Wood. $2300.

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“NO PRACTICE REQUIRED”

SEWELL, Ernest. Cabinet of Conjuring Tricks. London, 1933.

Vintage collection of actual apparatuses for 11 sleight-of-hand parlor tricks, including “The Hindoo Slave Bangle,” “The Nail Through The Finger,” and “The Disappearing Cigarette,” accompanied by instructions pasted to the lid, as well as a separate booklet (in two editions) containing seven additional tricks. $850.

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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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