New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1973. First Edition, First Printing. Cloth. Large 8vo. Grey cloth. Pictorial dust jacket. Many photographic and illustrated plates throughout. 452 pp.
Small chips along top jacket edge and a 1" closed tear on rear cover. Some sunning to top edge and a dark scuff on bottom right block edge. Interior in excellent condition.
This is a first printing of the definitive guide to the history of stage magic. Christopher's thoroughly researched and comprehensive study stretches from ancient Egypt to the mid-20th century and features many illustrations, photos, and full-color posters. It has been reprinted many times, and first editions are rather uncommon. This copy is from the library of the Chicago Magic Lounge. Very good / very good. Item #1598