Autobiography of Barnum. "Tall Oaks from Little Acorns Grow"

Autobiography of Barnum.

Autobiography of Barnum. "Tall Oaks from Little Acorns Grow"

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New York: (n. p.), 1854. 16 pp. 1-1/2 x 1-1/8". Rebound in black leather with "Barnum" stamped in gilt to the front board, decorative endpapers. Modest wear to binding, bookplate of previous owner to pastedown. A few leaves have been trimmed a bit too close at the top edge, very slightly shaving the first word of title page; inner margins sewn too closely to text in some instances. Else in nearly fine condition. (Welsh 404)

An exceedingly uncommon miniature edition of Barnum's classic autobiography, apparently preceding the Ward & Lock edition (1855). Considerably more tongue in cheek than the latter, this edition is dedicated to the Bearded Lady, and begins, "According to the best authority, I had a father, but no matter about him, and a mother but that's of no consequence." We locate only one copy on OCLC, and none in the trade or at auction during the past 30 years.

Publisher
n.p.
Binding
Hardcover
Tags
Miniature