Washington DC: Kaufman and Co., 1998.
Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Edition limited to 500 copies. First edition with full number line indicating first printing. 9 1/4" X 6 1/4". 184pp; plus appendices and index. Bound in red cloth over boards, with spine backed in black and both upper board and spine lettered in gilt. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A very attractive first printing of this limited edition of magic historian Edwin A. Dawes' celebration of Colonel Stodare (1831-1866), the tragically short-lived Victorian conjurer who "will be forever remembered as the performer who introduced to the wider world, one of the most acclaimed and astonishing illusions of all time - The Sphinx" (preface), with appendices that include original materials from the 1860s relating to Colonel Stodare's hand-books, scientific explanations, and patents. Very good +. Item #6365