Arthur Margery

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Arthur Margery
BornArthur James Margery
August 11, 1871
London, England
DiedJuly 22, 1945 (age 73)
Bromley, Kent, England
Resting placePlaistow Cemetery, Bromley, Kent
NationalityBritish
Known forBook Collecting

Arthur Margery (1871-1945) was a British magician, collector and bookseller.[1]

Biography

Margery became interested in conjuring as a young teenager as his father was a student of magic and scientific amusements. His first performance was in 1887, and 10 years later embarked upon his career as a 'society entertainer.'

He became friends with Ellis Stanyon, with whom he maintained a close association for his entire life.

Starting around 1901, he began getting into the book selling business. By 1914, Margery was recognized as one of the leading magical booksellers in Britain. In 1924 he published his own 24-page catalog, "Magicana", an illustrated catalogue of books.

Shortly after Margery's death, his entire 8,000 volumes plus collection was sold to the London booksellers Foyles, for only £100. His magazines were purchased at his death by Chris Charlton, and James Findlay procured some playbills from Margery's brother.[2]

References

  1. Cover The American Magician, Vol. 2, No. 7, October 1910, Mr. Arthur Margery, page 107
  2. Magery Magical Book Specialist in Magicol No. 32 (August 1974)
  • Stanyon’s Magic, Vol. 1, No. 5, February 1901, Modern Magicians - ARTHUR MARGERY, page 1
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 30, No. 7, September 1931, Who’s Who in Magic, page 304
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 25, No. 10, December 1945, An Appreciation of Arthur Margery, By Dr. Henry Ridgely Evans, page 43
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 25, No. 11, January 1946, Dr. Henry R. Evans Writes:, page 85
  • The Magic Wand, Vol. 34, No. 208, December 1945, Arthur Margery died..., page 148
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 29, No. 5, July 1949, Collectors of Occult and Magical Books, By Dr. Henry Ridgely Evans, page 90


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