The Circus:1870s to 1950s
Noel Daniel

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ISBN Number: 9783836520256
Hardback with dustjacket in presentation box
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Publication Date:
2010 (original 2008)
Taschen GmbH

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).

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