Uncommon signed book: A Magician Among the Spirits. First edition. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1924. Hardcover, 6.5 x 9.5, 294 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in black ink, “To Glen Landers, Best wishes, Houdini, Jan. 22/25.” Autographic condition: fine, with light toning and a pencil mark to the signed page. Book condition: G+/None. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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Exceptional 3.5 x 5.5 postcard photo of Houdini in a bust-length pose, signed in fountain pen, “Harry Houdini, March 3/1914. Kindest regards, Swansea, S Wales.” In fine condition, with mounting remnants to reverse. During this time, Houdini was engaged in a series of performances at the Empire Theatre in Swansea—a notice published in the Cambria Daily Leader on March 5 announced that Houdini had accepted a challenge to escape from a specially constructed traveling hamper. A superb image from the height of Houdini’s worldwide stardom. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Uncommon signed book: A Magician Among the Spirits. First edition. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1924. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.5 x 9.5, 294 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in black ink, “To Glen Landers, Best wishes, Houdini, Jan. 22/25.” Autographic condition: fine, with light toning and a notation to the signed page. Book condition: VG-/G+. Navy cloth-covered boards with gilt titles; edges worn, with several small tears in cloth; spine and portion of rear cover darkened (titles barely legible); textblock edges and feps yellowed; front hinge cracked; ink stamp and previous owner’s name in pen on front pastedown; additional ink stamp on rear pastedown; small newspaper clipping on half-title, with corresponding discoloration to facing page. Dust jacket has large splits along folds but remains in one piece; chips/tears and creases along edges; discolored and lightly soiled (heaviest along spine); few light waterstains. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Incredible magician’s four of spades playing card, 3.5 x 2.25, neatly signed in black ink, “H. Houdini.” Back of the card is printed with an ‘optical illusion’ design. In very good condition, with scattered creases, small stain to left edge, and rounding wear to edges and corners. Originates from the estate of the long time editor of The Sphinx magazine, Dr. Albert M. Wilson, a pioneering voice in the magical craft and personal friend of Houdini. Upon Wilson’s death in 1930, prominent magician John Mulholland took over the magazine; this signed playing card was later acquired from one of Mulholland’s colleagues. In the beginning of Houdini’s career as a magician, he focused primarily on card tricks—even billing himself as the ‘King of Cards’—an association that increases the already tremendous desirability of this unique piece. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Ink signature, “How do you like this Houdini or this Houdini,” on an off-white 5.25 x 2.25 irregularly clipped slip. Slip is affixed by its top edge to the address panel of the original mailing envelope, with Houdini’s return address stamped in the upper left, and postmarked April 22, 1926, and the panel is affixed to a slightly larger scrapbook section. In fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.