New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1973. First Edition, 4th Printing. Cloth. Large 8vo. Grey cloth. Pictorial dust jacket. Many photographic and illustrated plates throughout. 452 pp.
Minor edge wear and scuffing to jacket.
This is a first edition 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 #1599