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