Who started this craziness with the Magic Poster books? I think it was Taschen. Actually, it was Charles Reynolds in 1976 with his book of magic posters. It just took everyone else a long time to catch on.
Is it just me, or is anyone else having 'magic poster overload'? ANOTHER book of vintage magic posters has just come out, and like all the previous books it's a beauty. Sorry, I'm not going to rate which one is the best because when it comes to magic posters, I love them all and of the ones I listed below, I have all but one.
Next we come to the massive Taschen book on Magic Posters, called MAGIC 1400s-1950s. I was visiting with Ken Klosterman when I first heard about this book. He showed me a copy of the Taschen book on Circuses and mentioned that they were doing a volume on Magic Posters. The book came out in 2009 and measures 12.5 inches wide, 20 inches tall and 3 inches thick
and weighs about 17 lbs. The books authors are Mike Caveney, Jim Steinmeyer and Ricky Jay and Noel Daniel listed as Editor. A single volume of the book has chapters in English, German and French. Additional copies may have come out in other languages, I'm not sure. The original volume came in a slipcase and even had it's own cardboard carrying box with handle! The posters are in vivid color and are amazing. The only drawback to this book is it's so HUGE you need a special table to display it and frankly you might need a special table just to look through the book because it's so massive. It's a whopping 25 inches wide when you open it up! Interestingly, the cover of the book features Harry Kellar paging through a massive book on a table. That table was later recreated by Lupe Nielsen of Nielsen Magic, and it was specifically made for this giant Taschen book (see the link).
Taschen also put out Magic Poster Calendars, a Gift Box of Magic Poster Postcards, and a Magic Poster Journal. And a quick search through Amazon shows that they also put out a volume of their book in paperback version. I've not seen the paperback version however. All the other books are hardcover books.
Speaking a Nielsen Magic, the massive poster collection of Norm and Lupe Nielsen went up for auction recently, at least part of it. Potter & Potter Auctions created two hard cover catalog books to commemorate the auction. These books, unlike those previous mentioned are in a more manageable size., 11x9. The books are called The Golden Age of Magic Posters-Nielsen Collection Volume 1 and 2. These books are beautifully done. Because they are catalogs, after the full color photo of the posters, you get a description along with the estimated auction price. Of course, these prices are estimates, as the final prices the posters sold for varied.
Gabe Fajuri runs Potter & Potter Auctions and he had the two catalogs made. Now he has created a new volume, The Golden Age of Magic Posters Deluxe Edition. Unlike the previous volumes, this book is not a catalog. Rather it is a coffee table book, 9x12 with slip cover. It has 800 posters that appear in the previous volumes but also an additional 100 posters and unique images that were not part of the original set. This volume is a deluxe edition and limited to 200 copies. If you want to pick up a copy of this beautiful book, follow this link https://quickerthantheeye.com/p/posters/the-golden-age-of-magic-posters-deluxe-edition
This book is available through Amazon at the following link.https://www.amazon.com/Illusions-Art-Magic-Posters-Golden/dp/8874397585/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500084052&sr=8-1&keywords=illusions+the+art+of+magic
There are two other books that rate an honorable mention here. They are not Magic Poster books like those above, but there are loads of magic posters featured in these two books. And both books feature a full color section. The first is Milbourne Christopher's Illustrated History of Magic, and the next is David Price's MAGIC A Pictorial History of Conjurers in the Theatre. The Christopher book is still fairly easy to find, a new edition was printed a few years back so I'm sure you can find it on ebay. The Price book is harder to find, though a copy is listed in the upcoming Potter & Potter Auction. If you do not have a copy of that book, and you are into magic history, YOU have to get one!
By the way, if there is a book of magic posters I missed, please let me know. I think there was a book on European Magic Posters, but I don't recall the name of the book, nor do I know the author.