A new, less expensive edition of Magic 1400s – 1950s will be published this July. Written by Mike Caveney, Jim Steinmeyer, and Ricky Jay, the book traces the development of the art over a period of 500 years. This review (in German) says in part:
Based on more than 1,000 rare posters, photographs, advertising leaflets, engravings and paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, Caravaggio and other artists records Magic the history of magic from 1400 to the 1950s after. Spectacular pictures and expert essays illuminate the development of the magic craft of the street artists of the Middle Ages to those great masters of theatrical staging, which helped the early film to his first special effects, from the Golden Age of magic in the 19th Century to the vaudeville artists of the 20th Century and groundbreaking daredevils of the caliber of Houdini.