Rare Greater Magic Book by John Northern Hilliard | 5th
Here we have a rare old magic book entitled "Greater Magic" by John Northern Hilliard. This beast is over 1000 pages long and full of illustrations ranging from the card tricks to sleight of hand coin tricks. An encyclopedia of messing with people's heads, and eventually making them explode. So wicked. And to top it off, it's in great shape. Solid and barely used.
The rare magic book comes out of a Twin Cities estate full of rare books and pamphlets. This version is the fifth impression. Here's the info from the Wikipedia for John Northern Hilliard.
John Northern Hilliard (August 18, 1872 – March 14, 1935) was an American author and journalist. Among his works is a best-selling book on magic, Greater Magic.
John Northern Hilliard was born in Palmyra, New York, in 1872.
Through Eugene Field he obtained his first job as a reporter on the Chicago Press at the age of 17. He covered the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, the surrender of Sitting Bull, and the bloody Johnson County War in Wyoming. On December 17, 1896, he was a dramatic critic for a Rochester newspaper. He was the last person to see magician Alexander Herrmann (also known as "Herrmann the Great") alive before his death on board a train heading to Bradford, Pennsylvania.
After moving to the New York Telegram he met magician Howard Thurston and became interested in magic himself. In 1925 he joined Thurston's magic show as an advance man and for the next 10 years toured America, meeting the most talented magicians of his day and recording their creations. He "edited" T. Nelson Downs's book The Art of Magic; he is generally considered to be its author. After his sudden death in 1935 his book, Greater Magic, was published by Thurston and publisher Carl W. Jones in 1938.
The rare magic book measures just over 9" tall, 6" wide and 2 1/2" deep. As stated above, the book is in very good shape. There are a areas of slight discoloration on the front and back covers. The intro page does have a small graphite note in the upper right corner stating "$250." Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
I ship FedEx to street addresses in the continental USA only (no PO boxes). Free shipping on the the rate old magic book.