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Gibson, Walter B., The Book of Secrets: Miracles Ancient and Modern, Scranton, PA, Personal Arts Company, 1927, first edition, oblong 8vo (8" x 10.25"), HB, red paper bds w/ black & gold decorative titles & illus, VG- / none. Edgeworn, corners exposed, extremities bumped, three small scars to top of text block, some darkening to endpapers.

160 pp., profuse b/w illustration & diagrams. Sections on Ancient Miracles (e.g, Early Egyptian Magic), Mediaeval Mysteries (Catching a Cannonball), Modern Miracles (Sword Swallowing, The Bulletproof Man), Oriental Magic (Snake Charming, The Indian Rope Trick), Secrets of Stage Magic (Sawing a Woman in Half), Fraudulent Psychic Phenomena (A Spirit Seance, Sealed Message Reading), Magic Made Easy (Solid Through Solid, A Combination Coin Trick), and Tricks With Cards (Mental Detection, Divination by Number).    [Book ID # 1278]


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