Hatford, CT: Belknap and Bliss, 1871. [Conjuring/ stage entertainment] FIRST EDITION, published by subscription only. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.xviii; 19-432; , advertisements; , blank. Illustrated throughout with plates. Publisher's deluxe leather binding in full sheep with twin black leather labels, coated brown endpapers, brown endpapers. With ink note to first blank: "Presented to Thomas Heaton, Esq | by his friend | Signor Blitz | Philadelphia | May 12th 1871." Contents very clean. Binding with a few losses to leather on rear board, neatly respined to style preserving original title labels. Very good. The autobiography of the popular Kent-born, chin-whiskered Philadelphia entertainer who pioneered a comedy-magic routine. Most unusual signed, and the first time we have handled the publisher's leather binding (the regular binding is in gilt-pictoral green cloth). Item #54357
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