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 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.

In order to manage such a large product, we are printing and releasing the books in bundles. Orders will be shipped in five mailings, starting August 2022. 


Shipping Update (March 2024)

Our first shipment of Volumes I and II started in late-August and September 2022, followed by the second shipment of Volumes III and IV in March 2023.

We are aiming for the following schedule:

Shipment #3 | Volumes V & VI
December 2023

Shipment #4  | Volumes VII & VIII
July 2024

Shipment #5 | Volume IX (Index)
November 2024

Please note that future shipments are subject to change.


Collect, Collate, Communicate

Indeed, this is an investment in knowledge, research and history.

Dr. Dawes spent half a century collecting this information, refining it, giving us one of the most unique collections of magic history on record. It is his devotion and his long-standing commitment to sharing his knowledge that greatly enriches us. Magicana is equally committed to supporting Dr. Dawes’ “Three Cs”: Collect, Collate, Communicate. His steadfast belief in collaboration and in circulating discoveries in a responsible and global way, is, in fact, sharing wonder.

We are very proud to make this unique set both available and as affordable as possible by reducing the price to recover only a part printing and shipping costs. 



The Rich Cabinet Collection is truly a one-of-a-kind, encyclopedic collection of magic history, covering an immense variety of topics. It’s one of magic history’s greatest collections, written by one of its greatest authorities. This is a rare opportunity to own such an astounding anthology of magic history. 

Regular Price

The set of nine books, postage paid:

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

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

Payment Plan

We realize this is a large investment, but one that your library must have! So, to help ease the cost of this bookshelf-squeezing collection, we are also offering a payment plan. Please contact us to inquire.

The payment plan will include a one-time administration fee of $100 USD to cover credit card and collection fees. Note that this program is subject to change.


To Order

There are only 250 sets available! And once they sell, that’s it!

To start an order, send us an email to, or use the button below, indicating your intent to purchase along with these important details:

  1. Your mailing address. No PO Boxes, please. Must be a street address for courier delivery.
  2. Your email regarding details of the order.
  3. Your telephone number for delivery purposes. 
  4. Your payment preference (pay now, or payment plan).

For payment preference: let us know if you wish to purchase a) the entire set now in full; or b) if you would prefer to opt for the payment plan.

Payment Plan: We can arrange for a payment plan for this order. When sending your email to us, please mention you would like to use the instalment plan and we will send you details. Note there is a one-time administration fee of $100 added to the first instalment, to cover collection fees.

Once we receive your email, you will receive a reply confirming the order details and an invoice for your purchase. The invoice will have a link for you to complete the sale, via PayPal, where you can pay by credit card or your PayPal account.

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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.