I don't know if this vignette qualifies as history; it's certainly anecdotal.
I recently moved cross-country; San Francisco to Tampa Florida. In the course of selling my house at 131 Nottingham Ave, in Redwood City, to a fellow magician, the strangest thing happened.
The buyer; a good friend and collector of magic books, had several copies of the Erdnase book that were true first editions. Mostly in jest, I offered to knock the price of the home down for one of his 1st editions. I don't know if was something in the air, or the whimsical nature of it all.
He got a good discount on the house and I probably doubled the value of my small collection of magic books, with a single edition/addition.
My friend, (those in the SF Bay Area know who it is), warned me not to read from it. He's manufactured this awesome case that is a larger replica of the outside of the book.
Guess I'm bragging here. It was a ridiculous sum of money I should not have surrendered. Somehow, it still makes sense. I'm more than happy to have the book.
Happily ensconced in Florida