Publisher Taschen has previously released Magic. 1400s-1950s as a A3-sized 650-page book. That's their XL edition.
This new edition in 2013 is slightly smaller, measuring 25.2 by 38.2cm. Somehow, it has only 544 pages.
It's a lavishly illustrated book telling the stories of great magicians from the Middle Ages to the 1950s. The book explores the history of magic through the medieval street performers to stage magicians. That's more than 5 centuries on the evolution of magic. There are more than 850 photos, posters, handbills, paintings and engravings. All are printed huge.
The book's scheduled for release in July 2013.
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