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Yellow Perils

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Yellow Perils is the term coin by Patrick Playfair used to describe the bright yellow pictorial covered books produced by C. Arthur Pearson Ltd. from London in the early 1900s. Most of them were books on magic and other allied arts. Although Pearson had no real interest in magic, just selling books. The covers of most were bright and clean, the spines however were more often than not ragged, crumbling or just plain missing.
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These books were originally very inexpensive at only one shilling or two shillings a piece. There was debate among magicians at the time if these books offered for sale primarily to the public were considered exposure. Professional magicians starting referring to them as "the yellow perils" because their secrets were being made available so cheaply.

Raymond Ricard noted that there were 33 titles published, though not all were related to magic or the allied arts.

These books now are highly sought after by some collectors.

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References

  • Yellow Perils by Raymond Ricard in Perennial Mystics No. 16 (2001)