Monday, July 22, 2013

Russian Gresham

Last month I did a post about William Lindsay Gresham's Houdini: The Man Who Walked Through Walls, or what I like to call the first great Houdini biography. I noted that, apart from a Dutch edition published in 1964, the book didn't appear to have been widely published outside the U.S. and UK.

But now Alexey Kozlov, a blogger and Houdini buff from Belarus, informs me that the Gresham book was actually published in Russia in 1993 as Человек проходит сквозь стену. Alexey has generously provided a cover scan of the copy in his own collection. Very nice!

Alexey also sent over some images of another recent Russian find. This is a Russian edition of Peter Eldin's The Best-Ever Book of Magic. The book has a nice section on Houdini with some unique illustrations (below).

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Thank you Alexey.

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