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A Pictorial History Of Performing Horses
by: Fox, Charles Philip

Pages & chapters for every kind of horse lover & circus buff: the Liberty Horse, The High School Horse, Bare Back Acts, Rodeo & Wild West, Circus Ponies, Circus Baggage Stock. Hundreds of B/W photos. 168 pgs.
c. 1960, Limited Ed, #205/250 - Signed by author, H/C...$125.00

Used, Out-Of-Print,
Only 1 Copy in Stock, #205/250
Condition: Very Good, with dust jacket

Circus Doctor
by: Henderson, J. V.
Experiences of the chief veterinarian for the Ringling Bros/Barnum Bailey Circus.
c. 1951, H/C...$40.00
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Circus Dreams
by: Lynn Goldsmith

A pictorial view of the great circus parade held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lots of color pictures. 128 pgs.
c.1991, H/C...$12.95

Circus In America
by: Fox, Charles Philip & Parkinson, Tom

This authoritative and beautifully illustarted volume features large full-color reproductions of the grandiose posters that announced that the circus was coming to town. These color lithographs and original artwork - dating from 1871 - are in the collection of the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI. Also in the book are full-color photographs of the circus wagons, historic monochrome photographs and rare nineteenth-century hand-colored line drawings of the costumes and performances. 289 pgs.
c. 1969, H/C...$32.50
Used, Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited
Condition: Very Good

Circus Triumphant
by: Reginald, Taylor

True story of Johnny Fossley, a trick rider who became a lion tamer for the circus.
c. 1958, H/C...$35.00
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Circus: Lure & Legend
by: Fenner, Mildred & Wolcott

History, animals & trainers, clowns, aerialists, side show, on the road.
c. 1970, H/C...$25.00
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English Circus Books
by: Toole-Stott, Raymond

A bibliography of books on the circus in England from 1773 to 1964.
c. 1964, H/C...$22.50
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Fabulous Showman: Life & Times Of P.T. Barnum
by: Wallace, Irving
This book is a fast paced, carefully documented, and rich biography of P.T. Barnum, the greatest showman of all time, the American from Bethel, Connecticut, whose eccentricities and oblique, cynical approach to humanity transformed entertainment into a big, incredibly profitable business. 279 pgs.
c. 1959, H/C...$7.50
Used, Out-Of-Print, Hard-To-Find, Quantities Limited!!

Golden Age Of The Circus
by: Loxton, Howard

The circus is an almost universal experience of childhood, which in adulthood is both a warm past memory and a thrill to experience with our own children. "The Golden Age of the Circus" looks back on the storied past of the circus, including histories of the many famous troops which have toured the world, discussions of the basics of all circuses -- clowns, wild animals, trapeze acts -- as well as biographies of the greatest of circus personalities. It is a charming, highly illustrated look at a perpetual institution in humanity, luring locals to come and visit and small children to dream of following them away. -- Biographies of top performers, promoters, and troops from around the world -- Rare archive and paraphernalia photos -- Circus posters from around the world. 112 pgs.
c.1997, H/C...$17.95

Life In A Three-Ring Circus: Posters & Interviews
by: Smith, Sharon & Fletcher, Stephen

From ringmasters to clowns, animal trainers to trapeze artists, Indiana's long association with the circus industry is highlighted in this book published by the Indiana Historical Society. Filled with stories about famous circus performers and full-color posters from the Society's collection. 79 pgs.
c. 2001, H/C...$39.95

My Wild Life
by: Chipperfield, Jimmy

Autobiography of the man who built the greatest circus in Europe. This enthralling autobiography is rich in the lore of the twin worlds where he is at home: the animal kingdom, and the circus ring. It is simple yet fascinatingly written, and stuffed with memorable stories. Anyone who loves animals, or humans, or both, will read it for sheer enjoyment. B/W photos. 219 pgs.
c. 1976, H/C...$15.00
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New American Circus
by: Albrecht, Ernest

The "new American circus," a reinvention of the circus as an authentic form of art. The first, and most radical, aspect of this movement was its revival of the traditions of the great one-ring shows of Europe and Russia. Focusing on artistry, not spectacle, the new American circus incorporated such allied arts as music and dance and embraced a notion of ensemble that was compatible with the communal ethic of the seventies. Working from interviews and other primary sources, Albrecht traces this history to the present (including current controversies over animal performers and efforts to secure subsidies), sketching the leading players in the new circus and profiling the shows they founded. He features four circuses that have become part of the social and cultural fabric of their communities and have been associated with a training program in the circus arts: the Pickle Family in San Francisco, the Big Apple in New York City, Circus Flora in St. Louis, and the Cirque du Soleil in Montreal, which has a large following in Los Angeles and on the east coast. 280 pgs.
c.1995, H/C...$29.95

P.T.Barnum: The World's Greatest Showman
by: Fleming, Alice

A biography of the showman, P.T.Barnum, who created a three-ring circus known as "the greatest show on earth" and sponsored such notables as Tom Thumb, Jenny Lind, and Jumbo the elephant. 160 pgs.
c.1993, H/C...$14.95

Ringmaster: My Year On The Road With "The Greatest Show On Earth"
by: Antekeier, Kristopher & Aunapu, Greg

At age 27, Kristopher Antekeier was chossen from among hundreds, as the youngest ringmaster ever in the 115 year history of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Kristopher shares his one-of-a-kind adventure from the highly publicized audition through the grueling year of performing & living on the circus train. Kristopher & the circus traveled nearly 16,000 miles in 47 weeks to do over 500 shows in 52 cities in 28 states. B/W & color photos. 207 pgs.
c. 1989, H/C...$15.00
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Condition: Like new with dust jacket

Siegfried & Roy: Mastering The Impossible
by: Siegfried & Roy & Tapert, Annette

Larger than life, six nights a week at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Siegfried and Roy entertain, dazzle, and inspire 3,000 people. This is the ultimate rags-to-riches story, taking two boys from the streets of wartime Germany to the pinnacle of show business. Includes 300 photographs--200 in full color--of their dazzling performances. 320 pgs.
c. 1992, H/C... $25.00
Used, Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited
Condition: Very good with dust jacket, ex-library copy with usual library markings

Story Of Mr. Circus
by: Hunt, Sr., Charles T.

Story of the founder of Hunt Bros. Circus.
c. 1954, H/C...$45.00
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Two Dogs, A Donkey & A Frenchwoman (The Life, Legacy & Adventures Of A Traveling Canine Comedy Act)
by: Sanger, Mike

A fascinating account of animal and human lives that are dependent on each other. Mike Sanger's gentle training technique enables his animals to become professionals who love their work and perform in their own unique styles. The book records how the animals' lives and deaths have affected him over the nearly thirty years he has had the act. B/W photos. 181 pgs.
c. 2007, S/C...$18.95

Under The Big Top
by: Feiler, Bruce

Since childhood, Bruce Feiler dreamed of running away to join the circus. He fulfilled that dream by spending a year performing as a clown with the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus, the largest tented circus in the world. Under the Big Top, his colorful account of that adventure, is exotic, magical, troubling, and unforgettable-and provides a unique look at America from the back lot of a circus. 288 pgs.
c. 1995, H/C...$23.00

by: Gebel-Williams, Gunther

Autobiography of the circus's greatest animal trainer. B/W photos. 383 pgs.
c. 1991, H/C...$19.95
Used, Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited
Condition: Very Good like new with dust jacket

Very Special People: The Struggles, Loves, & Triumphs of Human Oddities
by: Drimmer, Frederick

Describes the people who were born "curiosities" and their unusual lives. Different as they are from us, these people can inspire us with the undefeated spirit they share in the face of overwhelming odds. The true stories of their lives and adventures - their families, their loves, their struggles and their triumphs - are not only amazing but also heartwarming and, ultimately, deeply moving. From Lucia Zarate, the smallest woman who ever lived,who stood under 20" tall and weighed five pounds to Krao, the hairy girl from Thailand to Ella Ewing, who lived in a house with 15' ceilings. 357 pages 32 pages of b/w photographs
c. 1973, 1985 Edition, H/C...$37.50
Used, Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited
Condition: Very Good with Good dust jacket, shows some shelf wear


Kids Titles: Circus Books

Circus Comes Home
by: Duncan, Lois

Photographs and text chronicle the history of the Ringling Brothers Circus which toured the United States until 1956, describing such acts as the Flying Wallendas and the Elephant Ballet. 62 pgs. Ages 8-12.
c.1993, H/C...$16.95

How To Draw The Circus
by: Johnson, Pamela

Simple instructions for drawing a circus tent and the different human and animal performers & animals - tigers, elephants, circus train, clowns, jugglers, tight rope walkers, & more. Ages 9-12.
c. 1987, S/C...$2.50

Magic Ring: A Year With The Big Apple Circus
by: Machotka, Hana

Briefly surveys the history of circuses and describes the growth, rehearsals, performances, and personnel of the successful one-ring circus known as the Big Apple Circus. 72 pgs. Ages 10 & up.
c.1988, H/C...$13.95



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