8vo, pp. vi,  preface,  blank, 18,  blank; a very good, crisp copy in the publisher’s printed stiff wrappers, ink mark to upper wrapper and slight browning at extremities.
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First edition, number 52 of 250 copies, numbered and signed by the author, of this study of the public dispersal of the Leeds-based collector Roland Winder’s library of conjuring books. In his preface, Hall terms this pamphlet ‘a footnote to the chapter, ‘Libraries and Collectors,’ in [his earlier monograph] Old Conjuring Books. A Bibliographical and Historical Study (London, 1972 and New York, 1973) (p. [vii]).
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