Boulogne, France: Editions F.C.F., 2002.
First Edition. Hardcover. Experience the magic of Robert-Houdin through these two luxurious large-format volumes, housed in a matching slipcase and illustrated with 1200 rare or unpublished documents, many in full color.
12" X 8 3/4" X 3". 422pp; 441pp. Laid in is the folded print to Volume I as issued, as well as The Miracle Factory pamphlet advertising this publication. Mild wear to edges of glossy pictorial dust jackets, with soft rippling to front and rear panels. Both volumes bound in bright red cloth over boards, with upper boards and spines lettered in gilt. Bindings are firm, sound, and square. Pages are clean and bright. Red silk ribbon placemarker to both volumes. Moderate wear to publisher's matching slipcase, glossy paper over boards, illustrated to both sides, with hard bumping to bottom edges and to extremities and small tear to bottom left edge.
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ABOUT THE MAGIC OF ROBERT-HOUDIN:
Christian Fechner's book is a monument. It is a historic work through the abundance of its original documents and an iconographic landmark thanks to the quality of its illustrations, a large number of which have never appeared in print.
On every page, new unpublished documentsa re examined; some refute accepted ideas that have developed over the years. With solid logic, Christian Fechner "starts over from zero." He returns to the sources and original documents. Each one of Robert-Houdin's contemporaries is protrayed in his proper place, in the context of the time, thus highlighting the unique originality of the creations of this artist and conjurer.
The Magic of Robert-Houdin: An Artist's Life is also a vast panorama of magic in the nineteenth century, wherein the reader goes from one surprise to the next in an aura of mystery.
Robert-Houdin revisited! Yes, but with an entirely new Robert-Houdin, closer to us, as the reader will discover. Thanks to his relentless work and driving passion, Christian Fechner today gives us this biography, which, I am certain, is the definitive work on Robert-Houdin. --Jacques Voignier. Very good / good. Item #6345