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[quote] On 2012-01-22 20:33, Anatole wrote: I like the book. But then, my art work is discussed in chapter 12 "The Best of Both Worlds," pages 376-378, so I may be a little prejudiced. There are some interesting chapters besides magic book illustrators, such as Chapter III "The Magic of Lithography" that even goes into a little detail about how a lithograph is made before getting to the sample poster artwork. I also liked Chapter X: "Conjuring's Comic Connection" that discussed the "Mandrake the Magician" comic strip, the Blackstone "Super Magician Comics," and Steranko among others. (Did you know that Jack Kirby based DC's "Mr. Miracle" in part on Steranko?) There is some good information about the classic artists like Nelson Hahne (who illustrated _The Linking Ring_ for a long time, a lot of catalog illustrations, and Bobo's _Modern Coin Magic_ ), Francis Martineau (who did the Rice Encyclopedias and hand-lettered the text), Ed Mishell (who did a lot of art work for the Tannen catalogs and various magazines). There are some examples of Ton Onosaka's work for Richard Kaufman's company and Tom Gagnon's work for _The Vernon Chronicles_. There are some European magic illustrators that it would have been nice to have included. I always liked the stylized art that Kemner did for the Anverdi lecture notes. As to a fair price? Check alibris.com, which has copies going for $118.00--but there is a pdf version at lybrary.com for 24.90 and a cd-rom version for 29.90. You can also probably find the first edition for less than alibris's prices, but be sure to check on the page size to make sure whether it's a first or second edition. The first edition is a larger page format than the second edition if that is important to you. Also, the first edition has some color reproductions and some color photographs whereas the smaller second edition is (except for the color dust jacket) all black-and-white. As a history of illustration in magic, it stands alone and I figure should be on everyone's shelf if they're interested at all in the history of magic. ----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez [/quote]
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