Modern Magic Book by Professor Hoffmann | Late 1800s
Here we have a rare hardcover book titled "Modern Magic - A Practical Treatise on The Art of Conjuring." Let the ceremony begin....check out the pic of the creepy engraving on the opening page. I can't get over all the wicked illustrations...318 of them. This rare text was published by David McKay in the 1890s and written by an ominous fellow by the name of Professor Hoffman...his real name was Angelo John Lewis, an English Barrister and journalist.
Lewis created the created the Classic Magic book, the first in the English language to cover magical effects from sleight of hand with cards, coins, and various magical apparatus, with a section on stage and parlor Magic, including a section on automatons, clairvoyance, and spiritualism. He covered all the creepy bases in the game!
The book is 563 pages and contains 318 illustrations, all of which need to be wall size posters....seriously. They're super cool and a few will make your skin crawl. The antique magic book comes out of a Twin Cities book collection containing old books on magic, the occult and the Free Masons. I have a few other books coming out of the same collection, including an even more rare book by Professor Hoffman. Keep your eye out.
The book measures 8" tall, 6" wide and just under 2" deep. It features blue cloth binding with gold lettering on the spine. The covers are securely attached with some wear along the hinges. There is a small discoloration on the front cover(see pic). The binding is in tack but there is some cracking inside the front cover (see pic). There is slight surface wear throughout, especially along the binding. I'm not seeing much foxing on the pages. The first few pages in the book would be the first to go but they're still attached. There is slight staining along the first page of the inside cover. I see no signs of writing and no signs of previous ownership. 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 please). Free shipping on the rare old magic book.
The Art of Conjuring? Be sure not to release the hounds. Bad to the bone.