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Item #BB1554 [Circus] The memoirs of J. Decastro, comedian. In the course of them will be given anecdotes of . . . Dr. Johnson, Garrick, Foote, Wilson, Charles Bannister, J. Palmer, C. Dibdin, Sen., the late Earl of Barrymore, R. B. Sheridan, Esq., G. F. Cooke, J. P. Kemble, Esq., &c., never before in print : accompanied by an analysis of the life of the late Philip Astley, Esq. . . . :. J. DECASTRO, Jacob, R. Humphreys.
[Circus] The memoirs of J. Decastro, comedian. In the course of them will be given anecdotes of . . . Dr. Johnson, Garrick, Foote, Wilson, Charles Bannister, J. Palmer, C. Dibdin, Sen., the late Earl of Barrymore, R. B. Sheridan, Esq., G. F. Cooke, J. P. Kemble, Esq., &c., never before in print : accompanied by an analysis of the life of the late Philip Astley, Esq. . . . :
[Circus] The memoirs of J. Decastro, comedian. In the course of them will be given anecdotes of . . . Dr. Johnson, Garrick, Foote, Wilson, Charles Bannister, J. Palmer, C. Dibdin, Sen., the late Earl of Barrymore, R. B. Sheridan, Esq., G. F. Cooke, J. P. Kemble, Esq., &c., never before in print : accompanied by an analysis of the life of the late Philip Astley, Esq. . . . :
[Circus] The memoirs of J. Decastro, comedian. In the course of them will be given anecdotes of . . . Dr. Johnson, Garrick, Foote, Wilson, Charles Bannister, J. Palmer, C. Dibdin, Sen., the late Earl of Barrymore, R. B. Sheridan, Esq., G. F. Cooke, J. P. Kemble, Esq., &c., never before in print : accompanied by an analysis of the life of the late Philip Astley, Esq. . . . :

[Circus] The memoirs of J. Decastro, comedian. In the course of them will be given anecdotes of . . . Dr. Johnson, Garrick, Foote, Wilson, Charles Bannister, J. Palmer, C. Dibdin, Sen., the late Earl of Barrymore, R. B. Sheridan, Esq., G. F. Cooke, J. P. Kemble, Esq., &c., never before in print : accompanied by an analysis of the life of the late Philip Astley, Esq. . . . :

London: Sherwood, Jones, & co, 1824. Quarter-Cloth. First Edition of this cornerstone of any circus collection (Toole-Stott lists it among his hundred best circus books). Edited by R. Humphreys. Crown 8vo (187 x 107mm): [xx],279,[1]pp, with portrait frontispiece and two folding plates, including the certificate of birth, "often wanting." (Lowe). Publisher's original olive-green quarter cloth, printed paper title label, brown paper-covered boards. An excellent wide-margined example of this scarce title: binding secure, spine label rubbed (partly illegible), contents generally clean but with light scattered foxing, folding plates pristine. Toole-Stott 1234. Lowe, English Theatrical Literature, p. 83. Near Fine+. Item #BB1554

Decastro, an English comedian, performed in the troupe of Philip Astley, father of modern circus. "Also an accompanying history of the Royal Circus, now the Surrey Theatre; and an historical sketch of Sadler's Wells. Likewise, scarce theatrical advertisements, from Garrick's first attempt in Goodman's-Fields, his last moments, Old Grimaldi's dream, &c. To which will be added the origin of poetry; a chapter on Bent's, &c. &c. &c." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

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