Last year, we announced that Burt Sperber would publish a facsimile reprint of the extremely rare first edition of Henry Deans iconic magic book, The Whole Art of Legerdemain, or, Hocus Pocus in Perfection
,published in London in 1722. See http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubb ... ber=247199
. Burt also wanted to publish a companion volume with a biographical and historical essay on Dean and his book, together with an updated bibliographical checklist of The Whole Art of Legerdemain
, and he invited Eddie Dawes and me to do the research and writing for this companion book. To magics great loss, Burt unexpectedly passed away late last year, but we decided to continue our work to honor the memory of a kind and generous friend. Next year, our book will be published by David Ben and Magicana, to whom we are grateful for offering to be the publisher.
Although Henry Deans name has been famous to generations of conjuring historians, antiquarians, and bibliographers as the author of the 18th centurys best-selling English magic book, until now even very rudimentary details of his life have remained elusive despite dedicated inquiries and research spanning the last 150 years. Tomorrow, at the Yankee Gathering held by the New England Magic Collectors Association in Westborough, Massachusetts, Eddie will speak about some of the fascinating discoveries made about Dean and his book in the course of our research. To commemorate Eddies lecture and to whet the appetite of fellow collectors and historians, we have published a 28 page, well-illustrated monograph with a full color cover, which will feature subject matter discussed by Eddie as well as additional material not included in his lecture.
The edition of Henry Dean: Eighteenth-Century Best-Selling Magic Author/Compiler
is limited to 150 numbered copies, only 125 of which will be offered for sale. For those of you attending the Yankee Gathering, copies will be available from Byron Walker for $20 immediately after Eddies lecture. If any copies remain after the Yankee Gathering, they can be purchased from me or Byron for $25 postpaid in the continental U.S. Additional postage will be charged for orders mailed outside of the U.S. Orders will be filled strictly in the order they are received. You may write to me at [c][h]shevlin[@][sbc][global][.net] (delete brackets) to inquire about availability.