The official 1901 guide in Dutch of the famous Barnum & Bailey circus
Clarence L. Dean. Officieele gids. Het Boek der Wonderen in Barnum en Bailey's grootste Bezienswaardigheid op Aarde. Met uitvoerige beschrijvingen der Wondermenschen en zeldzame dieren.
Barnum & Bailey (printed in Vienna by J. Weiner), 1901. (25,5 x 18,5 cm). 44 pp. With a plan and many other illustrations in the text.
Stapled in original coloured wrappers (the back wrapper being a voucher for a tube of toothpaste!). In very good condition, with the wrappers only very lightly soiled and dog-eared.
The wonderful official guide, in Dutch, of Barnum & Bailey's 1901 European tour, in vibrant original wrappers.
The circus toured the Netherlands in 1901, starting with Groningen on August 31. In September the show visited another 11 cities in The Netherlands, including Leeuwarden, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Den Haag and Rotterdam.
This guide shows the menagerie with elephants, tigers, kangaroos, zebras, hippos, tapirs and many other exotic animals. Perhaps even more intriguing are the 'human wonders': the sideshow performers or 'freaks'.
The performers portrayed include Jo-Jo 'the Dog-Faced-Man', Annie Jones 'the bearded child', Charles B. Tripp 'the armless wonder' (a skilled calligrapher!), heavily tattooed Frank Howard, the albino Rob Roy, a sword-swallower and several others.
Circus-bibliotheek Hartmans 596; for Barnum & Bailey's 1901/1902 tour, see Circus Historical Society.