The Rich Cabinet Collection

Limited Edition of 250 sets
May 5, 2022

Magicana is proud to present the definitive collection of five hundred articles of “A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities” written by renowned historian Dr. Edwin A. Dawes. The articles were originally published as a monthly serial for The Magic Circular, the official magazine of The Magic Circle in London, between 1972 and 2020. This limited edition set that we are releasing is called The Rich Cabinet Collection, comprising eight volumes, and a detailed index.

Dr. Dawes has dutifully revisited each of the five hundred articles, updating and expanding where possible, making this a truly rich and comprehensive collection of essays on magic history. It is a monumental achievement by the legendary Dr. Dawes and we are thrilled to present his work in this colourful, bound and comprehensive form.

This is a LIMITED EDITION of 250 sets

 * Books will not be available separately *

Each of the eight volumes will be hardbound with a dust jacket, made up of approximately four hundred pages per book, with a final trim size of 9 x 11.5 inches (23 x 29 cm), weighing about 5 lbs. (2.27 kg) each. The index will be a slimmer, lighter book, of the same trim size. The images shown are artist renderings. Actual product may look slightly different.

Wow, that’s a big set! How much?

Indeed, nine books is quite an investment. Dr. Dawes has spent half a century collecting this information, refining it, giving us one of the most unique collections of magic history on record. His steadfast belief in collaboration and in circulating discoveries in a responsible and global way, is, in fact, sharing wonder. In that spirit, Magicana is very proud to make this unique set both available and as affordable as possible by reducing the price to recover only the cost of printing and shipping.

In addition to this subsidized price, we will also offer a payment plan breaking down the price into four payments. The details are described on this page.


The set of nine books, postage paid*:

USA & Canada   $1,300 USD // International   $1,600 USD

* Orders may be subject to duty and taxes, which the buyer will be responsible for.


For a limited time, we are offering a special pre-publication price:

USA & Canada    $1,100 USD ($200 Savings!)

International       $1,350 USD ($250 Savings!)

Regular pricing commences August 1, 2022.

When will they ship?

This is an intense and comprehensive project. To manage such a large set of books, we are bundling printing and shipping over four mailings starting in July 2022. We are aiming to print and deliver every six months following, concluding in January 2024.

That’s a lot of ground to cover so this page, explains more about the project, the schedule, the cost and the payment plan.

Ready to order?

Great! We certainly welcome your order and encourage you to take advantage of the pre-publication offer. As of August 1, the regular pricing commences. Here’s your chance to save at least $200 on your order!

There’s a bit of a process, so jump over to this page, and you will find all the details on how to start an order.


In concert with the generosity of the Slaight Family Foundation, The Rich Cabinet Collection is made possible through the added support of the Pat & P. Howard Lyons Estate Fund.


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