London: Sherwood, Jones, & co, 1824. First Edition. Quarter-Cloth. Edited by R. Humphreys. First Edition of this cornerstone of any circus collection (Toole-Stott lists it among his hundred best circus books). Small 8vo: [xx],279,pp, with portrait frontispiece and 2 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
"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 polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.