The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

P.T. Barnum Items

I have a hellacious pile of books to pack this morning so just a quick blog post. Here are two unique P. T. Barnum items that came into the shop recently.

First this Danish-language edition of a Barnum Bio Den store Barnum Reklamens Konge (1937) with a fantastic wraparound cartoon cover (click for larger version) picturing Tom Thumb, a Bearded Lady, the Fiji Mermaid, and more.

Also this Barnum & Bailey Songster (c 1900), a saddle-stitched chapbook featuring humorous and sentimental songs performed in the clown shows.

All right, off to pack.

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