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The Evanion Collection

Elizabeth Harland

Abstract

IN 1895 the British Museum's Department of Printed Books acquired a collection of ephemeral material relating to the nineteenth-century entertainment world and contemporary life in general. It was purchased from a man who had been a moderately successful conjuror and ventriloquist but now in his old age had fallen into distressed circumstances, Henry Evans Evanion.

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