Fairs and Circuses 
by Paul White
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ISBN Number: 0713613238
Format: Hardback with dustjacket
Number of Pages: 64
Publication Date: 1972
Publisher: A & C Black Limited

'All the fun of the fair', the acrobats, jugglers, traders, tricksters - these are some of the colourful characters to be found in Paul White's book.

There have been fairs for at least 2500 years (probably more) and they have been held all over the world - from Timbuctoo to Nizhni-Novgorod. Early fairs were meetings for traders to buy and sell their wares, but entertainers soon came to entertain the crowds.

This book uses the words of the showmen themselves, as well as many attractive and unusual old pictures, to show us the story of these popular entertainers. It takes us from the middle ages right up to the sideshows and dodgems of the modern fair and the sawdust ring of the circus.

This is a fascinating account of some ways in which people amused themselves long before television or the cinema were invented - as well as of circuses and fairgrounds today.

Condition: Very good with slightly shabby but generally intact dustjacket (click on photo above to see in detail).

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