I think fellow historians/collectors should be made aware of a book about John Martin, one of magic's greatest mechanics, if not the greatest of them all, made recently available.
Mr. Granville Taylor (Faust) has recently published an hand-made book (limited to 250 copies!) on John Martin. While the book is not much a biography as such, but rather a recollection of the author's reminiscences about Martin, Martin's productions and the technology behind them, Martin's customers, it is definitely a lovely book to read and a book which should (IMHO) find place in every collector/historian's library.
I have no involvement whatsoever with the author: I'm just a VERY satisfied customer, and I think it should be worth mentioning this book to whomever does not know about its publication. While the book is not cheap (60 British pounds, about 115 US$...), I think the information therein is worth more than the asking price for the SERIOUS collector and the historian (you know who you are ;) ).
I understand the book is going to be advertised in some magic magazines, but you could contact the author at email@example.com for a prospect.
Personally, I enjoyed this book more than many other recent publications...
All the best, ciao!
Marco Pusterla - http://www.mpmagic.co.uk