Well, as most of my Australian colleagues know, I do have a small historical magic collection but one mainly focussing on Aussie performers. So the lure of a junk shop or second hand book shop is very hard to resist on my travels. And I've been quite lucky over the years.
A couple of mint Houdini postcards for a couple of dollars, Levante, Rooklyn and Franquin paper. A previously unknown Alberts Magic Catalogue (early Sydney dealer).
Todays find was in a second hand bookshop in a sleepy seaside town. Nestled in amongst the discarded beachside reading material,the rows and rows of Barbara Cartlands, Ken Folletts, Dan Browns and Lee Childs...was a copy of The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin.
Slightly battered and someones left his beer glass sitting on the cover when he's gone to check his fishing line, but there it is, a 1908 New York edition. You could have knocked me over with a feather flower.
So, assume nothing and be vigilant.
What's your best lucky find?