New York: Alfred P. Knopf, 1995.
Stated First Edition. Hardcover. Stated First Edition. 10 1/4" X 8 1/4". ix, 358pp. Very mild shelf wear to covers and corners of unclipped dust jacket. Very light creasing to edges of dust jacket. Red paper over boards with spine and covers stamped in gilt. Light bumping to edges of boards. Price sticker to front free end paper. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm and sound. Heavily illustrated in black-and-white and color.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
If Abraham Lincoln was the great moral force of his age, Phineas Taylor Barnum was its great provider of joy. As one of the earliest practitioners of "the show business," Barnum dedicated his long career to alleviating the “severe and drudging practicalness” he considered the chief defect of American civilization. His remedy? A prodigious swarm of divas, minstrels, circuses, museums of curiosities, beauty pageants, sideshows, fat-baby and poultry contests – whatever it took to entertain his fellow citizens while making him one of his country’s first millionaires.(Publisher). Very good / very good. Item #7165