Title Jno. B. Doris' Great Inter-Ocean Circus Museum Menagerie. 12 Shows! Combined in One America's Greatest Amusemewnt Enterprise. Always the Best. Larger than Ever! A Carvnival of Novelty! A Festival of Merriment
Book Condition Very Good
Publisher St. Louis Great Western Show Pr. Eng. and Litho. Co. 1886
Seller ID 006126
Folded sheet, with four pages. Closed, 54 by 35.5 cm. Nine illustrations, one of Doris, the others, of equine, acrobatic and snake charming acts. Chock-a-block with agressive promotional flim flammery and puffery, with so much set forth as to thwart the eye settling on any one thing, all meant to overwhelm the senses, as a prelude to the circus itself. Hurdle races, elephant races, camel races, dog races, 100 arenic stars, huge tableau cars, Kris Kringle, all brand new band chariots, the glories of Ancient Greece and Rome -- this is just a fraction of the attractions being touted! The lay-out of the promotion is the quintessence of the genre from that era, of course, but with the courier-style broadside perhaps more extensive than typical. The biggest star of the circus appears to have been James Robinson, the champion bareback rider, or "The Jupiter of the Arenic Firmament!" Condition: a few minor edge closed tears and chips, yet overall remarkably well-preserved given the thin and pulp-y newspaper paper used.