Barnum's Own Story for the Boys and Girls of America; Natural history from a new standpoint, presenting a complete and thorough study of the nature, habits and characteristics of the beasts, birds and reptiles of the earth together with the story of their capture in their native wilds, combining science, narrative and adventure, the result of the author's life-long experience and study, with a full account of his famous expedition into central Africa in search of wild animals. P. T. BARNUM.
Barnum's Own Story for the Boys and Girls of America; Natural history from a new standpoint, presenting a complete and thorough study of the nature, habits and characteristics of the beasts, birds and reptiles of the earth together with the story of their capture in their native wilds, combining science, narrative and adventure, the result of the author's life-long experience and study, with a full account of his famous expedition into central Africa in search of wild animals

Barnum's Own Story for the Boys and Girls of America; Natural history from a new standpoint, presenting a complete and thorough study of the nature, habits and characteristics of the beasts, birds and reptiles of the earth together with the story of their capture in their native wilds, combining science, narrative and adventure, the result of the author's life-long experience and study, with a full account of his famous expedition into central Africa in search of wild animals

New York: Saalfield Publishing Company, 1907. 2nd edition. Cloth. 4to. Publisher's decorated cloth with gilt and silver on spine and cover. Profusely illustrated with 300+ engravings. 502 pp.
Minor edge wear. 1" closed tear to cloth at header of spine. Minor soiling to cloth edges and a few spots of discoloration on rear cover. Both hinges split but holding. Interior is excellent, with many crisp, bright illustrations.
This is the scarce second edition of larger-than-life showman P.T. Barnum's autobiography. Best remembered as the founder of the Barnum and Bailey Circus and unapologetic promoter of elaborate hoaxes, Barnum was also a successful politician and philanthropist. Always a showman and teller of tall tales, Barnum's memoir is appropriately bombastic, lush, and of questionable veracity. Overall a very attractive book filled with evocative illustrations of animals and far-flung expeditions that does put the reader in an adventurous spirit. Good. Item #1645

Price: $120.00