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New Monograph on Henry Dean

Although Henry Dean’s name has been famous to generations of collectors and historians as the author of The Whole Art of Legerdemain, or, Hocus Pocus in Perfection (London, 1722), even the most rudimentary details of his life have remained elusive despite dedicated inquiries and research spanning the last 150 years. Bibliographer Raymond Toole Stott most recently addressed this mystery, and his extensive annotations in A Bibliography of English Conjuring 1581–1876 (Derby, 1976) reflect an unprecedented intensity of research. But Toole Stott came away as stymied and befuddled as his predecessors, to such a degree that he even expressed doubts that Henry Dean ever existed! Read More...http://codex.wordpress.org/Excerpt