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asmayly
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Is there a publisher lineage of Tarbell books that makes one set of books more valuable or have a better quality? Since the books don't have photographs and just line drawings, wouldn't the clarity be as good with any impression by any publisher?

Also, most of the ones I see are published by Robbins, but didn't Tannen first print these?

Thanks for any help.

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You are right, the Tarbell series was first published by Lou Tannen, and those editions were handsome and durable. I purchased a set about 35 years ago, and it has served me well.

I haven't seen the Robbins reprints, and was wondering myself about the quality and size of paper, binding, etc. I'll be interested to see the comments on this. But if nothing else, Robbins deserves credit for keeping the set in print. SETHB
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How many volumes did Tannen publish? 5, 7, 8?
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Tannens sold rights of most of their publishings to Robbins back in 1983-84, Tarbell was part of the deal.

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The original Tarbell course was NOT in book form. You got chapters and props in the mail and put them into special binders. I had the complete set, but sold it a long time ago. I believe Tarbell books, publshed by Tannen got up to Volume 6. Then 7 and 8 were edited by Harry Lorayne in the same format and style.

Lou Tannen once told me "The Tarbell books are my retirement, they just keep selling and selling."
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Pete: I didn't "edit" Tarbell #7, I WROTE it. I had nothiing to do with #8. HARRY LORAYNE.
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Harry... thanks for the clarification. Who did No. 8?
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I think Steve Burton was involved in #8.

When I got #7, I was quite pleased to find something that I always have enjoyed in Harry's books - the "Afterthoughts" - these have always seemed to me to be the icing on the cake of already great effects that just gives them a whole new dimension to consider.
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Richard Kaufman wrote Tarbell # 8
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On 2006-04-24 18:03, folksingmagic wrote:
I think Steve Burton was involved in #8.

When I got #7, I was quite pleased to find something that I always have enjoyed in Harry's books - the "Afterthoughts" - these have always seemed to me to be the icing on the cake of already great effects that just gives them a whole new dimension to consider.

I have to agree "Afterthoughts" in Harry's books are very informative and really enjoy reading them. Maybe other authors of magic books should take notice...
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Ok I am in shock. We were talking about the books and Mr Harry Lorayne posted. I did not even know he was a member here. That is awesome. Something new everyday here.

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I see that the CD-ROM version on lybrary.com is from the original mailed course Pete talks about above, which apparently is equivalent to Tarbell's books 1-5, though with different lesson numbers. It also includes a 'post-graduate lesson', which was reprinted in book 8.
The CD-ROM is only $39, which appeals to the computer junkie (and cheapskate) in me, though the complete set of 1-8 from Robbins is selling for as little as $160 from some dealers. Decisions, decisions.
Hey! Maybe I should get both! Smile
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