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  • ROUSTABOUT. by Chalfoun, Michelle.
    Chalfoun, Michelle.
    ROUSTABOUT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: HarperCollins, (1996.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Author's highly praised first novel, set in the world of the circus backlot. SIGNED on the half title page. 223 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0172975.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56465
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  • Chipperfield, Jimmy.
    MY WILD LIFE.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Putnam, (1976.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Autobiography of a great performer and showman extraordinare. He grew up in a family with a 250 year traditional of traveling shows and built his father's modest troupe into the greatest circus in Europe. Photographs. Index. 220 pp. ISBN: 0-399-116168.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket.( a few small closed tears, a little worn on edges.)

    Book ID: 28082
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  • Feld, Kenneth.
    BARNUM'S KALEIDOSCAPE.

    Edition: First edition.

    Vienna, VA: Feld Entertainment Production, (1999). SIGNED hardcover first edition - A hardcover souvenir book, illustrated in full color throughout, with many doublepage spreads. SIGNED BY 4 PERFORMERS at their photographs: David Larible, Sylvia, Istvan, and Fanny (with the word "kiss"). The clown Larible was one of the star attractions of this production, which only lasted one season - from 1999-2000 - introducing the acts in lieu of a ringmaster. Although critics described it as "extraordinary' and Clive Barnes stated "This is the kind of show for which God invented the circus" the fact that it was produced in a tent with just one ring and a small audience, made it difficult to be profitable. Includes a list of…

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    Vienna, VA: Feld Entertainment Production, (1999). SIGNED hardcover first edition - A hardcover souvenir book, illustrated in full color throughout, with many doublepage spreads. SIGNED BY 4 PERFORMERS at their photographs: David Larible, Sylvia, Istvan, and Fanny (with the word "kiss"). The clown Larible was one of the star attractions of this production, which only lasted one season - from 1999-2000 - introducing the acts in lieu of a ringmaster. Although critics described it as "extraordinary' and Clive Barnes stated "This is the kind of show for which God invented the circus" the fact that it was produced in a tent with just one ring and a small audience, made it difficult to be profitable. Includes a list of all the players and several pages discussing how the production was created. Tall format, unpaginated. Final page is an ad for Diner's Club.

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    Condition: Near fine in illustrated gold boards with a red spine (a bit of rubbing to the covers)

    Book ID: 69780
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  • WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. by Gruen, Sara.
    Gruen, Sara.
    WATER FOR ELEPHANTS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2006. dj. Hardcover first edition - This novel begins "I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other." Jake is living out his days in a nursing home, hating every second of it but his mind is full of memories of the seven years he spent working for the circus during the Depression. His parents were killed a week before he was to sit for his veterinary exams at Cornell, and after he buried them he discovered he was penniless - He winds up on a circus train, that of the second-rate Benzini Brothers. The animals are mangy, underfed or fed rotten food, and abused. Jacob, once it becomes known that he has veterinary…

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    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2006. dj. Hardcover first edition - This novel begins "I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other." Jake is living out his days in a nursing home, hating every second of it but his mind is full of memories of the seven years he spent working for the circus during the Depression. His parents were killed a week before he was to sit for his veterinary exams at Cornell, and after he buried them he discovered he was penniless - He winds up on a circus train, that of the second-rate Benzini Brothers. The animals are mangy, underfed or fed rotten food, and abused. Jacob, once it becomes known that he has veterinary skills, is put in charge of the "menagerie" and all its ills. But there he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the brutal animal trainer - and Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great hope for this third-rate traveling show. Basis for the film of the same name featuring Reese Witherspoon. 335 pp. ISBN: 978-1565124998.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 79633
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  • Hildreth, Gertrude; Felton, Allie Lou; Meighen, Alice; and Pratt, Marjorie.
    TODAY AND TOMORROW: Easy Growth in Reading (4th grade)

    Edition: Later printing

    Philadelphia: John C. Winston Co., (1948, c. 1943.). Hardcover - A fourth grade reader, illustrated in both color and black and white by Corrine Malvern and Ruth Steed. Topics include "We Go By Air" about the Flying Family's trip to Greenland, "Mexico, Our Southern Neighbor," "ATrip to the West." "The Circus" and more. Includes exercises at the end of each story, a dictionary and vocabulary list. 376 pp.

    Condition: Good only in illustrated gray cloth covers (some wear to the covers, school stamp inside covers, contents otherwise clean and binding sturdy - illustrations are very attractive.)

    Book ID: 33451
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  • THE FINAL CONFESSION OF MABEL STARK. by Hough, Robert.
    Hough, Robert.
    THE FINAL CONFESSION OF MABEL STARK.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (2003.). First edition - Canadian author's first book, a novel based on the life of Mabel Stark, the greatest female tiger trainer in history. In the 1910's and 20's, during the golden age of the big top, she was the superstar of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. A tiny blonde in a white leather bodysuit, Mabel was brazen, sexually adventurous and suicidally courageous. "You can't mix tigers and husbands, and anyhow, I prefer the tigers." Winner of the Trillium Award. 428 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 43259
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  • PAPA POMPINO. by King, Martha Bennett (illustrated by Jan B. Balet.)
    King, Martha Bennett (illustrated by Jan B. Balet.)
    PAPA POMPINO.

    Edition: First printing.

    Concora Book (Rand McNally and Container Corp of America.) 1959. dj. Hardcover first edition - Story of a wise, whimsical ex-circus clown, and the Bambinos, Papa Pompino's faithful followers, who love to listen to his tales and learn from him how to do circus tricks. Illustrated in full color by Jan Balet. A 'slottie' book but lacking the slottie toy. 34 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a good only dust jacket (some chipping and overall edgewear to the dj).

    Book ID: 69822
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  • THE GREATEST STAR ON EARTH: Three-Ring Rascals, Book 2. by Klise, Kate.
    Klise, Kate.
    THE GREATEST STAR ON EARTH: Three-Ring Rascals, Book 2.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2014. First edition - A fun to read early chapter book. "The rascals from the worlds friendliest family circus are back." SIGNED and dated in 2013 on the title page. Illustrated with drawings by M. Sarah Klise. 127 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 76675
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  • MASTERS OF ILLUSION. by Smith, Mary-Ann Tirone.
    Smith, Mary-Ann Tirone.
    MASTERS OF ILLUSION.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Warner, (1994) dj. Hardcover first edition - A Novel of the Connecticut Circus Fire" at a matinee perfomance of the Barnum and Bailey circus, in Hartford, Connecticut in 1944, a fire which claimed 169 lives and injured more than 1000 others, mostly women and children. 210 pp. ISBN: 0-446518069.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 70717
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  • THE CRIMSON FLASH: A Mystery Story for Boys #4. by Snell, Roy J.
    Snell, Roy J.
    THE CRIMSON FLASH: A Mystery Story for Boys #4.

    Edition: Early printing.

    Chicago: Reilly & Lee, (1922). Hardcover - Mystery and adventure set in the circus world and the world of boxing. 238 pp.

    Condition: Very good in red cloth with black lettering (prev owner's name dated 1933, a bit of fraying to the ends of the spine)

    Book ID: 68827
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  • THE CRIMSON FLASH: A Mystery Story for Boys #4. by Snell, Roy J.
    Snell, Roy J.
    THE CRIMSON FLASH: A Mystery Story for Boys #4.

    Edition: First or very early edition.

    Chicago: Reilly & Lee, (1922.). Hardcover - Mystery and adventure set in the circus world and the world of boxing. 238 pp.

    Condition: Very good in green cloth with black lettering (prev owner's name)

    Book ID: 63142
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  • Ursu, Anne.
    THE DISAPPARATION OF JAMES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Hyperion, (2003.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's intriguing second novel From the dustjacket: "The Woodrow family is at the circus to celebrate Greta's seventh birthday. When a clown asks for a volunteer from the audience, the Woodrows are shocked when James, their extremely shy five-year-old, raises his hand. .. James thrives in the spotlight, and... the parents glow with pride as the audience cheers for their son. The cheers turn into thundering applause as the act culminates in spectacular fashion, with James vanishing before their very eyes. The trouble is that James really does vanish -- into thin air.." Cover praise from Joanna Scott, Margot Livesey and others. 278 pp. ISBN: 0-786867795.

    Condition: Near fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 37103
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  • LET ME FALL BEFORE I FLY by Wersba, Barbara (illustrated by Mercer Mayer.)
    Wersba, Barbara (illustrated by Mercer Mayer.)
    LET ME FALL BEFORE I FLY

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atheneum, 1971. dj. Hardcover first edition - A child sees a circus with miniature performers under a tree, and this world becomes more important to him than anything else in his life. Frontispiece and dust jacket cover by Mercer Mayer. 31 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 80131
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