This is an update on my post here of April 30, 2023, where I said, in part:
Probably in connection with that, last night I was looking through the remnants of a book that John Luckman gave me (or sold to me for some super-low price, but I think he gave it to me) of the Fleming edition of the Erdnase book, which he had used in making images for a reprint of the book. This was probably circa early-1970s. It was basically the front and back covers and all the leaves that made up the book. (The spine had been chopped off.)
I guess I placed the title page (that leaf) in a “safe” place, since it isn’t with the rest of the book. I'm pretty sure a few other leaves have also gotten separated from the main batch.
Well, I was just reorganizing a bookcase, and I ran across a copy of The Man Who Was Erdnase
that I didn't even know I possessed. It was in really nice condition (unlike the everyday copy that I often have consulted), and I flipped through it. I was happy to see, tucked just inside the back cover, the "missing" leaf.
The following is a little description that I published in one of my magic-collecting periodicals (Aphelion: A Journal of Magic History and Bibliography
, Number 11, November 1994):
In reviewing The Man Who Was Erdnase (Whaley, Gardner, and Busby) a couple of years ago [remember, this was published in 1994], I was interested in Busby's description of a very early copy [so it seemed back then!] of The Expert at the Card Table at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He mentions that the triangular subtitle has been cut and scotch-taped back. Something similar has been done with the title page of my copy under discussion. The words "WITH CRITICAL COMMENTS/BY/ PROFESSOR HOFFMANN" have apparently been cut out (by a rectangular cut) and then taped back into place. I have always thought that this was done in connection with the laying-out of the page for photographing. A small slip of paper with the GBC logo and the address BOX 4115/LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89106 has been taped onto the title page, on top of the imprint (CHICAGO/THE CHARLES T. POWNER CO./1944).
The GBC logo and address are in red ink, and I think that was a "return address" had been clipped from an envelope, because there is a vertical crease to the left of the address.
At least for the time being, I have taken down my S.W. Erdnase blog.