London: George Routledge and Sons, . First English Edition. Octavo, 373 pages,  ads; G; bound in publisher's black and gilt stamped red cloth; spine cocked; ex-library; rear gutter loosening; first signature partially detached; mild age-toning to pages; shelved case 13.
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Originally published in French in 1868, this book is devoted primarily to coin and card tricks, but Robert-Houdin also describes many other magical tricks and includes a history of conjuring. Louis Hoffmann's English translation, together with his own guide to magic published in 1876, caused controversy for revealing the secrets of stage magicians in such unprecedented detail.;