by Harry Houdini
Collectors and historians will be very interested in Kaufman and Greenberg's publication of the original manuscript of Harry Houdini's 1924 book A Magician Among the Spirits. (Actually, as Richard Kaufman points out in the Publisher's Note, this manuscript is possibly one of several drafts which may have existed. It is not the draft which was sent to the publisher, because it does not bear editor's markings.) The manuscript was part of the Milbourne Christopher collection and has been seen by only a handful of people.
This is a handsome volume, and it contains the original typed manuscript in facsimile, with hand written corrections. On the cover is a sepia-toned photograph of Houdini which accompanied the manuscript.
Considering the limitations of the original typewritten manuscript pages, this reproduction has turned out very well, and is very readable. Mr. Kaufman has added several items from the 1924 published edition: the dedication, contents, list of illustrations, introduction, and preface. There is also a forward by Maurine Christopher.
Kaufman and Greenberg have published this in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. If you're interested in Houdini, or you are a collector of interesting magic books you're not going to want to miss out.
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