Large book with dustjacket that is in
'as new' condition and is still
in its original slipcase. Click on thumbnails below for photographs
of this magnificent book.
During its heyday, the American
circus was the largest show-biz industry the world had ever seen.
From the mid-1800s to mid-1900s, travelling American circuses
performed for audiences of up to 14,000 per show and crisscrossed
the country on 20,000 miles of railroad in one season alone. The
spectacle of death-defying daredevils and strapping superheroes
gripped the American imagination, outshining theatre, comedy, and
minstrel shows of the day, and ultimately paving the way for film
and television. The circus offered young Americans the dream of
adventure and reinvention.
This book brings to life the grit and glamour of the circus
phenomenon. Images include photographic gems by early circus
photographers Frederick Whitman Glasier and Edward Kelty, many of
the earliest colour photographs ever taken of the circus from the
1940s and 1950s, iconic circus photographs by Mathew Brady or
Cornell Capa, and little-known circus images by Stanley Kubrick and
Charles and Ray Eames. For the first time, contemporary readers can
experience the legend of the American circus in all its glory.
Condition: Fine book in Fine
dustjacket, still in its original slipcase, also in Fine condition. (click
on images above for close-up).
here to view first edition...