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1 Clarke, Susanna JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL
(New York, N.Y.): Bloomsbury, (2004). 1582344167 / 9781582344164 First edition, first printing. Though the copyright page notes ''First U.S. edition''--the U.S. edition precedes the U.K. issue. Hardcover. Fine, as-new; in black boards, with red (first issue) endsheets; in a fine cream-colored dust jacket. The book was issued in both black and cream jackets; the cream color proved problematic and was discontinued; thus it is much scarcer than the black. 
"Unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last seventy years. It's funny, moving, scary, otherwordly, practical and magical, a journey through light and shadow--a delight to read."--Neal Gaiman. Harry Potter for grown-ups? 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2 Drake, Emily THE CURSE OF ARKADY: The Magickers #2
New York, NY: Daw Books, Inc./Donald A. Wollheim, Founder, (2002). 0756400740 / 9780756400743 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket painting by Paul Youll. 
Jason and his friends had had their education as Magickers interrupted by the Dark Hand's attack on their summer camp. Now they are continuing their studies at home. "The Magickers is America's answer to the Harry Potter series."--BookBrowser. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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3 Fenton, Peter EYEING THE FLASH: The Education of a Carnival Con Artist
New York: Simon & Schuster, (2005). 0743258541 / 9780743258548 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine color photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
Peter Fenton's coming-of-age memoir is a compelling story of a shy middle-class kid turned first-class huckster. "EYEING THE FLASH is a fascinating insider's view of the carnival underworld -- the cons, the double-dealing..."--publisher's blurb. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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4 Grant, Maxwell NORGIL THE MAGICIAN
New York: The Mysterious Press, 1977. Second printing before publication. Hardcover. Name to the front endpaper, else near fine in gilt-lettered, flecked white cloth; in a price-clipped, else near fine dust jacket with artwork by Steranko. New introduction by Gibson for this edition. Frontispiece art echoes the jacket. 
First collection of stories about the pulp crimefighter/conjuror, a later creation by Shadow progenitor Gibson/Grant; Norgil's dual career in prestidigitation and ratiocination was launched in Street & Smith's CRIME BUSTERS magazine. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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5 Gunn, James THE MAGICIANS
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1976). 0684147823 / 9780684147826 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
SF/mystery hybrid wherein a failed P.I. by the name of Casey attends a convention of magicians in order to uncover the true identity of a magician known only as "Solomon"; by the genre historian/novelist, past president of the SFWA. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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6 Rawson, Clayton Original typed letter SIGNED by the author and addressed to Mr. William D. Grant
New York, N.Y.: [no publisher], 1952. One-page typed note on Unicorn Mystery Book Club stationery, folded thrice; SIGNED by Rawson over his typed name In the four-paragraph note, Rawson comments on Canadian custom charges for shipping books, passes along Hans Santesson's regards to Mr. Grant (asking about a film in which Santesson appears and which Mr. Grant seems to have a copy of). 
Rawson goes on to respond to Mr. Grant's apparent suggestion of SLAN as a Unicorn Book Club selection, regretfully informing him that the book falls outside the guidelines of the Club's promise to publish "new current books." 
Price: 250.00 USD
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7 Robinson, Mary THE AMAZING VALVANO AND THE MYSTERY OF THE HOODED RAT
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1988. 0395443148 / 9780395443149 First edition. Hardcover. Very mild crimp to the upper spine edge, else near fine in orange cloth over olive-grey boards; in a near fine dust jacket illustrated by Julie Downing, with very short tears and creases to the upper spine edge. 
The California author's first juvenile work is a mystery about a special white rat who plays an integral part in a magic act, until he is kidnapped. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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8 Satterthwait, Walter ESCAPADE
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1995). 0312130686 / 9780312130688 First edition, first printing. SIGNED and dated by Satterthwait in the year of publication to the title-page. Hardcover. One corner tip very mildly bruised and spine heel just slightly crimped, else near fine; in a pictorial dust jacket that shows a suggestion of wear to the extremities. 
Comic mystery pastiche set in 1921 England and featuring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini. "Pleasure all the way."--H.R.F. Keating. "A romp of a novel."--Laurie L. King. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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9 Vande Velde, Vivian MAGIC CAN BE MURDER
San Diego/New York/London: Harcourt, Inc., (2000). 0152026657 / 9780152026653 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in a fine, as-new, dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Tristan Elwell. 
Nola and her mother have unusual abilities that have always set them apart, but when Nola sees a murder using her power to to call up images using water and a person's hair, she finds herself in the worst danger ever. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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10 Wedeck, Harry E. LOVE POTIONS THROUGH THE AGES: A Study of Amatory Devices and Mores
New York: Philosophical Library, (1963). B0007EHPF2 / 978B0007EHPF1 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in green cloth with black lettering; in a lightly worn, very good dust jacket with vertical creases to the front panel, the spine panel and the rear panel. 
Surveys the strange field of love philtres and erotic brews through antiquity to date of publication and highlights its peculiarities and its fantasies, as well as its often warranted validity. 336 pages, including bibliography. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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11 Wheatley, Dennis THE SATANIST
London: Hutchinson of London, (1976). 0090582020 / 9780090582020 Fourth impression of the Lymington Edition. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in a very nearly fine illustrated dust jacket with a hint of edge wear. 
"The ritual murder of Teddy Morden convinces Colonel Verney that the Soviets have finally harnessed occult powers. Fearing for the peace of the world, he appoints Barney Sullivan to penetrate their perfidious secrets."--fantasticfiction. Nifty reprint. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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12 Winslow, Pauline Glen THE BRANDENBURG HOTEL
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1976). 0312094507 / 9780312094508 First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket art by Nick Taggart. 
A murder in an enclave of German emigres--who had been labelled potentially dangerous aliens during WWII--is investigated by young Det. Sgt. Capricorn, son of celebrated magician The Great Capricorn. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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