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    Harry Houdini. A Magician Among the Spirits. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1924. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Houdini to his friend Henry Haven Windsor (founder of Popular Mechanics magazine, and who is mentioned on page 145 of A Magician Among the Spirits) on the front free endpaper: "To my dear / friend H. H. Windsor / Best wishes / Houdini / May 5-1924 / [flourish] / Trust you will get time / to read my book. / H." Octavo (9.25 x 6.25 inches; 235 x 153 mm.). [2, blank], [xxiv], 1-294 pages. With fifteen photographic or facsimile plates and the Errata leaf inserted throughout. Publisher's full blue cloth, front board double-ruled in gilt, front board and spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained yellow. Spine slightly sunned, some minor rubbing, soiling to binding, text lightly toned. Near fine.

    On page 145, Windsor is mentioned as accompanying Houdini and several others to a séance held by a person named "Thompson" in Chicago, after which Houdini, Windsor, and the rest of their party went to the home of Cyrus McCormick (another of the witnesses) and they all discussed the fraudulent nature of the séance. Henry Haven Windsor (1859-1924) was the founder and first editor of Popular Mechanics, a magazine still in print today. It is of note that Houdini's inscription, dated May 5, 1924, is but six days before Windsor's death on May 11th of that year.

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