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The Ways Of The Circus
Being the Memories and Adventures of George Conklin
Tamer of Lions
Set down by Harvey W. Root
With a foreword by Don C. Seitz
Published by Harper & Brothers Publishers; New York and London. 1921. First Edition. Harper "M-U" (Dec. 1920) on copyright page.
Hardcover. No dustjacket. 12mo (8" X 5 1/2"). 309 pages. Illustrated.
George Conklin (1845-1924) was a lion tamer and elephant trainer who served as the Superintendent of Animals for the Barnum & Bailey Circus while it was abroad.
Written on front endpage is an interesting gift inscription stating that this book was originally obtained from George Conklin himself.
External: Moderate shelfwear and some light soiling/staining to spine and covers. Lettering on spine and front cover is heavily faded. Dusting/staining on page edges.
Internal: Hinges are a bit weak at front but internal binding remains tight and all lightly-browned pages are intact and mostly clean. Gift inscription written on front endpage and small bookstore label at rear.
Overall condition is Good.
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