Struggles and Triumphs,
Or, Sixty Years' Recollections, Including His Golden Rules for Money-Making. Illustrated and Brought up to 1889.
Signed by the author on the third blank, and dated 1889; this is a revised and updated edition of the author’s second autobiography, which was originally published in 1869. Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810–1891), the archetypal 19th-century American self-made man, was a travelling showman, politician, hoaxer and best-selling author, who started a new and successful career in his sixties as a circus owner, in which capacity he purchased Jumbo the Elephant (1861–1885). Barnum’s first autobiography, The Life of P.T. Barnum: Written by Himself, was first published in 1855. From the library of George Gough Booth (1864–1949), the publisher of the privately-held Evening News Association, a co-founder of Booth Newspapers, and a noted benefactor of the Detroit Institute of Arts. With his bookplate to the front pastedown.
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Octavo (190 128 mm). Bound by Root & Son in near-contemporary green half morocco, marbled sides, titles to spine gilt, boards ruled gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Steel engraved frontispiece portrait and numerous engraved plates. Spine sunned, spine ends and tips rubbed, contents toned, endleaves lightly foxed. An excellent copy, attractively bound.