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A MAGICIAN AMONG THE SPIRITS by  Harry Houdini - First Edition - 1924 - from Green Gate Farm Antiquarian Books (SKU: 2604)


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by Houdini, Harry

  • Used
  • near fine
  • hardcover
  • First
Near Fine
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About This Item

Octavo, bound in original slate gray cloth with gilt titles, 294 pp., including index. Top edge stained yellow. Stated first edition in the RARE ORIGINAL DUST WRAPPER. Offsetting from old moisture damage, evidenced by a white residue mark running the width of the rear cover, approximately one inch from the top edge. The damage mirrors a stain on the wrapper's rear panel and spine. The stain, while noticeable, is less detracting than one might expect, not affecting the spine of the book itself, that is otherwise fine and bright. There is other minor soiling and wear to the dust wrapper, but it is unfaded and complete, lettered in navy blue against a pale turquoise ground. '"Price $4.00" is printed on the inner flap along with a list of Harper publications on psychology and psychoanalysis. The back flap and rear panel also serve as advertisements for current Harper publications. The front cover of the dust wrapper, however, is fully dedicated to the promotion of Houdini, "...He dissects with an especially keen scalpel, he does not wield it as one determined to destroy, but rather a seeker after truth... Although he has the utmost respect for the honest belief of any person, he is the relentless enemy of deliberate fraud, and the account of his adventures in the investigation and detection of it forms a valuable chapter in the crusade for the truth." Thus, the wrapper is indeed a marvelous historical document in its own right. Not just a mere ornamental cover for a book, it stands as a publisher's clever harnessing of the public's endless fascination with the magician and man who was the Great Houdini.


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Green Gate Farm Antiquarian Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
Houdini, Harry
Book condition
Used - Near Fine
Quantity available
Harper & Brothers
Place of Publication
New York and Londonn
Date published
Spiritualism, Magic, Houdini, Hoax, Fraud

Terms of Sale

Green Gate Farm Antiquarian Books

Ownership does not transfer until we have received payment in full. 30 day return guarantee, with full refund including shipping costs for up to 30 days after delivery if an item is not as described. If extra postage is required due to weight or other factors we will confirm before shipping. The most reasonable international shipping offering full insurance against loss or damage is via USPS Express. Should another option seem more beneficial to you, while still fully protecting the book, we will let you know. Please note: All information required for customs forms will be accurately provided, including full purchase price. Any and all duty fees are the responsibility of the buyer.

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Green Gate Farm Antiquarian Books

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This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers. member since: 2009
Richmond, Missouri
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About Green Gate Farm Antiquarian Books

Our inventory is housed in the second story of a stone house inspired by the architectural style found in the Cotswold region of England. Visitors are welcome by appointment. We are located one hour east of Kansas City, surrounded by 80 acres of woodland and prairie that form the landscape of Green Gate Farm. Member ABAA/ILAB


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