The Rich Cabinet Collection

Limited Edition of 250 sets

Magicana is proud to present our latest project, The Rich Cabinet Collection. This is the definitive collection of five hundred essays on magic history written by legendary historian Dr. Edwin A. Dawes. 

Originally published as a series for The Magic Circular, Dr. Dawes spent forty-eight years researching and writing this column since 1972, completing the series in the summer of 2020. In addition, Dr. Dawes has reviewed each essay, adding updated information and addenda material where and when possible.

Magicana is now releasing this nine-volume set (eight volumes plus a comprehensive index), bundled over four printing and mailings, with the first mailing scheduled for July 2022.

This is a LIMITED EDITION set of 250 sets, no volumes will be available individually.

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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 is the buyer’s responsibility.


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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.

In order to manage such a large product, we are printing and releasing the books in four bundles.The first will start mid-August 2022. From there, we aim to ship the next two books (Volumes 3 and 4) in January 2023; followed by a third mailing (Volumes 5 and 6)  in July/August 2023. From there, the last three books (Volumes 7, 8 and 9, which is the index) will be shipped in January/February 2024.


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.