With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors. Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more. So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.
N.d., circa 1880s. N.p. 8vo. 19.5 by 13 cm. Unpaginated, 12 pages of color plates, including images on endpapers. As there is no author, illustrator, publisher, printer or date given, we know of no easy way to locate other copies, but we stongly believe this is a scarce book, which was probably sold as a souvenir at circuses in the German-speaking world. The first double paged plate depicts several circus performers -- the MC animal tamer, a pretty lady seated sideways on a horse, a clown, a hound, and a caged lion. On the following pages are shown three or four different circus performers per page, each with an one or two line rhymed description, often with a stage name given. These include clowns, acrobats, equestrians, aerialists, a strongman, performing animals, etc. A few of the acts are ones we didn't know had existed, such as a dancing pig, but it is in the very nature of circus for some novelty acts to come and go, while most are evergreen. Condition: heavy soiling to the cover. A few surface chips to the heavy cardboard stock. Pages of heavy card have heavy age toning. Some loss of paper pastedown on rear cover.