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Re: Chung Ling Soo/Robinson Book Publishing History

Thanks for the comments. I have never seen a Martinka sticker - Is it more like a bookshop or advertising label, or does it look more like a publisher's statement (granting that Martinka published no books)? I imagine Martinka bought new magic books to sell in the shop, rather than what we today cal...
by Mr. Motte
04/08/10 11:58 AM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Chung Ling Soo/Robinson Book Publishing History
Replies: 5
Views: 1233

Chung Ling Soo/Robinson Book Publishing History

Hello all - In reviewing some of our better books on magic, I realized I had mis-cataloged Robinson's famous book SPIRIT SLATE WRITING AND KINDRED PHENOMENA, originally published in 1898. In looking at our copy, there was damage to the lower title page, right where the publisher's name and date of p...
by Mr. Motte
04/07/10 01:51 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Chung Ling Soo/Robinson Book Publishing History
Replies: 5
Views: 1233

Re: The Fate of the Charles Larson Collection?

Many thanks. Was it a private sale, or did it go to auction?
by Mr. Motte
09/03/09 01:23 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of the Charles Larson Collection?
Replies: 5
Views: 800

The Fate of the Charles Larson Collection?

I have read a little about the great collector Larson, mostly from an old 1945 article in the New Yorker. What ever became of his collection? Was it donated or sold?
by Mr. Motte
09/03/09 12:48 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of the Charles Larson Collection?
Replies: 5
Views: 800

History of Grimoires New Book From Oxford U. Press

For magic history folks, there is a new book coming out from Oxford Univ. Press called GRIMOIRES : A HISTORY OF MAGIC BOOKS by Owen Davies. It is more of a history of magic book in different cultures and times from Egypt up to our own, rather than a book about stage magic. It is available in the UK ...
by Mr. Motte
04/17/09 02:09 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: History of Grimoires New Book From Oxford U. Press
Replies: 0
Views: 165

Re: Toole-Stott's Magic Library

Many thanks for the info and suggestion.

-Gene
by Mr. Motte
04/15/09 01:08 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Toole-Stott's Magic Library
Replies: 3
Views: 779

Toole-Stott's Magic Library

Hello - I was looking over books by J. B. Findlay, and his association with Toole-Stott came up. I know Findlay's collection were sold at auction, and Toole-Stott's circus collection is at UC Santa Barbara. However, did Toole-Stott have a sizable magic book collection and, if so, where did it go? Ma...
by Mr. Motte
04/14/09 05:35 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Toole-Stott's Magic Library
Replies: 3
Views: 779

FS: Compleat Invocation 1986 2 vols in 1

Compleat Invocation [ vols. 1 & 2 ]. Masklyn le Mage [ Tony Andruzzi ]. Edited by Tony Raven [ Bob Lynn ]. Introduction by Eugene Burger. Washington DC: Kaufman & Greenberg, 1986. First edition thus. Slight wear to edges of boards and dj, a bit more so to dj. Small smudge at corner of textbl...
by Mr. Motte
11/24/08 07:55 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Compleat Invocation 1986 2 vols in 1
Replies: 0
Views: 145

FS: 3 Uncommon Magic Books - Houdini, Fields, Hull

Ordering information at end. If you have any questions, please let me know. 1. Minch, Stephen. A Life Among Secret: the Uncommon Life and Adventures of Eddie Fields with booklet Eddie Fields' Secret Diary as Told to Stephen Minch. Seattle: Hermetic Press, 1992. First edition. Slight wear to edges an...
by Mr. Motte
11/21/08 05:23 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: 3 Uncommon Magic Books - Houdini, Fields, Hull
Replies: 0
Views: 221

FS: Stewart James Major References 4 vols.

Stewart James Major References 1. Stewart James in Print. Very good condition, some wear and small tears to corners of dj, board corners lightly bumped. 1st edition 1989. 2. James File Vols 1 & 2 with Index to Stewart James In Print & the James file. Very good+ in very good+ dj. Some creases...
by Mr. Motte
11/15/08 04:17 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Stewart James Major References 4 vols.
Replies: 1
Views: 181

Re: FS: Uncommon Harry Price Pamphlet

Sold. Many thanks for looking.
by Mr. Motte
11/15/08 04:05 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Uncommon Harry Price Pamphlet
Replies: 1
Views: 315

FS: Uncommon Harry Price Pamphlet

For your perusal: Price, Harry. Cold Light on Spiritualistic "Phenomena" : An Experiment with the Crew Circle. London: Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1922. First printing. Slight wear to edges and corners. Some light marks and light soiling to covers. Pages lightly foxed, and the ...
by Mr. Motte
11/14/08 05:30 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Uncommon Harry Price Pamphlet
Replies: 1
Views: 315

Re: 8 Magic Books - Keep the Wheels Turning I & II, Berg Hanson, more

The Berg, Hanson & Great Wizard books have sold.
by Mr. Motte
11/14/08 05:13 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: 8 Magic Books - Keep the Wheels Turning I & II, Berg Hanson, more
Replies: 1
Views: 322

8 Magic Books - Keep the Wheels Turning I & II, Berg Hanson, more

Hello - Please find below a list of 8 books. All other books are in very good condition unless noted otherwise, and have respective djs where issued unless otherwise noted. If there are any items in the list you would like to see described in more detail, please let me know. Shipping will be $8.50 f...
by Mr. Motte
11/12/08 09:02 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: 8 Magic Books - Keep the Wheels Turning I & II, Berg Hanson, more
Replies: 1
Views: 322

FS: 40+ Books & pamphlets - Vernon, Hugard, Hoffman, Jennings, Roth etc.

Hello - Please find below a rough list of over 40 books and pamphlets. The works are in varying condition, and I have briefly noted such next to each book. Items in rougher shape have been priced accordingly. All other books are in very good condition, and have respective djs where issued unless oth...
by Mr. Motte
10/24/08 11:38 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: 40+ Books & pamphlets - Vernon, Hugard, Hoffman, Jennings, Roth etc.
Replies: 0
Views: 291

Website Sale of Magic Items

We are currently having a 3 for 2 sale at our bookshop website to make room for more books. Of particular interest to Genii members of course are our magic books and pamphlets. Below is a link to our current list on our website. We can take credit cards there, and it is a secure site. If you order 3...
by Mr. Motte
08/11/08 05:49 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Website Sale of Magic Items
Replies: 0
Views: 356

Re: Query: An Illustrated History of White Magic before Robert-Houdin by Guillemin

I found the author's site with a listing for the book at: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://fanch.guillemin.free.fr/bibli/white%20magic.htm">http://fanch.guillemin.free.fr/bibli/white%20magic.htm</a><!-- m --> He does not quote a price, so perhaps $45 or thereabouts is still the charge. man...
by Mr. Motte
05/14/08 06:30 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Query: An Illustrated History of White Magic before Robert-Houdin by Guillemin
Replies: 6
Views: 899

Re: Query: An Illustrated History of White Magic before Robert-Houdin by Guillemin

Thank you. Yes, I was wondering if anyone had seen it at auction or in a catalog.

I have been selling magic books and pamphlets for about 2 years or so now, but I obviously do not have as much experience with the bibliography as many.
by Mr. Motte
05/14/08 12:26 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Query: An Illustrated History of White Magic before Robert-Houdin by Guillemin
Replies: 6
Views: 899

Query: An Illustrated History of White Magic before Robert-Houdin by Guillemin

Hello all - A customer here was asking about the value of the book noted above, and I was unable to find out very much information regarding it off the web, here or in auction records I have access to. I was wondering if any of you had come across it in your collecting efforts? Best - Gene Alloway M...
by Mr. Motte
05/14/08 11:54 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Query: An Illustrated History of White Magic before Robert-Houdin by Guillemin
Replies: 6
Views: 899

eBay Ending 2/21 : Shiels, Kross, Vaudeville, more

Hello all - We have 4 auctions ending tomorrow: 19 RULES OF MENTALISM Jones Professional Advice VAUDEVILLE HYPNOTISM Lustig La Vellma Effects 1930 SHIELS EFFECT Bob Lynn Bizarre Magic Promotion 1st 1976 SUGGESTIVE MENTALISM INTRODUCTION Kross Hypnosis Scarce For these and other auctions of ours, see...
by Mr. Motte
02/20/06 01:03 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: eBay Ending 2/21 : Shiels, Kross, Vaudeville, more
Replies: 0
Views: 33

PURE EFFECT by Brown Signed 1st Print & More ending on eBay tonight

Hello all - 6 of our actions re ending tonight, including the scarce 1st printing of Derren Brown's Pure Magic, signed by the author to Marcello Truzzi (scan of signature included). Auction link is at end. Also ending are: FLOATING ROUTINES Wichmann 1st Magic Circle Berlin 1973 Bilingual German &...
by Mr. Motte
01/22/06 02:25 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: PURE EFFECT by Brown Signed 1st Print & More ending on eBay tonight
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: Question: Pure Effect by Derren Brown editions

Thank you very much sir. This is the second time I have posted a question here, and in both cases folks have been friendly, thorough, and accurate. I definately owe you a solid.

Best,
Gene Alloway

P.S. and it's signed by Brown to Marcello Truzzi to boot :)
by Mr. Motte
01/14/06 04:58 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Question: Pure Effect by Derren Brown editions
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Re: Question: Pure Effect by Derren Brown editions

Thanks for the reply. The contents are: A Moment of Your Exceptionally Valuable Time Part One - (Practical) -Making Contact -Working With the Spectator -Risk and Delight Part Two - (Magical Artistry) -"Zamiel's Card" -A Three Card Routine -"Magicall" -Magno Conatu Magnus Nugas Pa...
by Mr. Motte
01/14/06 04:09 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Question: Pure Effect by Derren Brown editions
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Question: Pure Effect by Derren Brown editions

Hello all - We ahve a spiral bound copy of Brown's Pure effect, but it has no publisher or date listed. I see there is a current edition in hardcover, and this item has the same picture on its cover. It also has 182 p. with an additional page advertising his caricature work with 6 full color example...
by Mr. Motte
01/14/06 02:47 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Question: Pure Effect by Derren Brown editions
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Then There Were 3 & Lovecraftian Ceremonies Ending today on eBay

Hello all - AND THEN THERE WERE 3 by Shiels, Raven and Fromer, along with Lovecraftian Ceremonies by Minch are ending today on ebay, along with a few neat lesser items. See Motte\'s Auctions of Wonder & Amazement Well, not quite Wonder and Amazement, but a few nice things :) . Best, Gene Alloway...
by Mr. Motte
12/09/05 10:00 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Then There Were 3 & Lovecraftian Ceremonies Ending today on eBay
Replies: 0
Views: 48

Upcoming Magic Conventions in MI Area?

Hello again -
Any upcoming magic conventions/concalves in the Michigan/North Ohio/NE Indiana area?

Many thanks -
Gene Alloway
Motte & Bailey Booksellers
"Habent sua fata libelli"
by Mr. Motte
12/09/05 09:54 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Upcoming Magic Conventions in MI Area?
Replies: 1
Views: 64

CARL JONES Book - related Forbes Article

Hello all - I was directed to a Forbes article (fee, no login yet anyway) yesterday by my fellow booksellers about the fate of the library of the son (whose name I don't know) of Carl Jones, newspaper man and magic publisher. Looks like not all used and rare booksellers are very trustworthy: My Fath...
by Mr. Motte
12/09/05 09:51 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: CARL JONES Book - related Forbes Article
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Max Maven/Phil Goldstein 1sts Auctions Ending Today

Hello again - A number of Max Maven items are closing today on our eBay auctions. This includes 1st printings of both the Blue and the Red books of Mentalism, his 1st and 2nd books. We also just listed some signed early Dunninger works, and have a rare Bizarre Magic item up as well. Motte\'s Auction...
by Mr. Motte
12/07/05 08:49 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Max Maven/Phil Goldstein 1sts Auctions Ending Today
Replies: 0
Views: 28

King of Cold Readers & Al Mann Auctions Ending tomorrow

Hello - 8 Al Mann Exclusives, including the Incredible Stanley Jaks, are ending on eBay tomrrow, along with the scarce KING OF THE COLD READERS by Bascomb. To see these and other items we have at ebay, please visit: Motte\'s ebay listings Happy hunting - Gene Alloway Motte & Bailey Booksellers 1...
by Mr. Motte
12/05/05 12:40 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: King of Cold Readers & Al Mann Auctions Ending tomorrow
Replies: 0
Views: 45

Escapist, Max Maven & Al Mann on eBay

Hello all - Our auctions for escape pamphlets, including 4 vols of the Art of Escape by Novak, are ending on eBay tomorrow. You can see those, as well as Al Mann and Max Maven material ending next week, at: [URL= <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZmotteQQhtZ-1">http...
by Mr. Motte
12/01/05 03:27 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Escapist, Max Maven & Al Mann on eBay
Replies: 0
Views: 34

Fire Eating, Signed Rauscher & Chemical Magic On eBay

Hello - We have a number of auctions ending tomorrow in the early afternoon covering: fire eating 4 works by William Rauscher signed including his work on Magic Wands and Le Grande David, and... a few Chemical Magic pamphlets, including Drug Store Magic by Johnson and Handbook fo Chemical Magic by L...
by Mr. Motte
11/28/05 11:26 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Fire Eating, Signed Rauscher & Chemical Magic On eBay
Replies: 0
Views: 26

FS: Magic Books and Pamphlets

Hello - We are just beginning to post magic books and pamphlets, primarily mentalism at present, online. The pamphlets, including at present a complete run of the CAULDRON by Cameron, are listed at ebay under our handle motte, and those that don't sell move on to our web listings. Magic books, inclu...
by Mr. Motte
11/03/05 09:49 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Magic Books and Pamphlets
Replies: 0
Views: 481

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