The Circus : 1870s - 1950s


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The history and heritage of the circus

During its heyday, the American circus was the world's largest entertainment industry. The spectacle of death-defying daredevils, beefy superheroes and scantily clad starlets, fearless tamers and astonishing "monsters" have ignited the imaginations of Americans, eclipsing theater, vaudeville, comedy and entertainment.

This book sheds new light on the circus phenomenon. Thanks to treasures of photographs immortalizing circus pioneers, as well as posters, lithographs, attraction banners and original engravings from the 16th to the 19th century illustrating the origins of the circus around the world, readers are transported to a world of thrills and craftsmanship, sweat and glitter.

Author: Noel Daniel
Hardcover : 888 pages
Dimensions : 15.4 x 4.9 x 20.4 cm


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