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[Canvassing Book:] Life of Barnum the World-Renowned Showman. ... Written by Himself. To which is added The Art of Money Getting, or Golden Rules for Making Money. Profusely Illustrated.
[Canvassing Book:] Life of Barnum the World-Renowned Showman. ... Written by Himself. To which is added The Art of Money Getting, or Golden Rules for Making Money. Profusely Illustrated.
[Canvassing Book:] Life of Barnum the World-Renowned Showman. ... Written by Himself. To which is added The Art of Money Getting, or Golden Rules for Making Money. Profusely Illustrated.
[Canvassing Book:] Life of Barnum the World-Renowned Showman. ... Written by Himself. To which is added The Art of Money Getting, or Golden Rules for Making Money. Profusely Illustrated.

[Canvassing Book:] Life of Barnum the World-Renowned Showman. ... Written by Himself. To which is added The Art of Money Getting, or Golden Rules for Making Money. Profusely Illustrated.

“Do not be deceived. See that the book you buy is written by Barnum himself.”


Salesman’s sample book offering two versions of this popular P.T. Barnum biography: a de luxe version in “Full Morocco” and a less expensive alternative in “Fine Cloth,” seen here in blue. 

Inside the book is a spine sample for the morocco edition, the complete table of contents, samples of text pages and full-page “fine engravings.”

Two leaves, printed to emulate a single broadside format, sells the idea of selling this canvassing book better than Barnum himself could have sold it. In part: “Do not be deceived. See that the book you buy is written by Barnum himself. All other Lives of the Great Showman are unreliable and worthless. If you have received a Canvassing-book for any bogus Life of Barnum, send it to us, and we will in return send you a Canvassing-book for the only genuine Life of Barnum…”


Description: [Canvassing Book:] Life of Barnum the World-Renowned Showman. ... Written by Himself. To which is added The Art of Money Getting, or Golden Rules for Making Money. Profusely Illustrated.

[America. ca.1890s]. [64]ff. 8 x 5¼ inches. Publisher’s gilt-decorated illustrated cloth; patterned endpapers. With blank subscription leaves, (all unusued). Binding soiled; gilt dulled; internally, very good.

[3731968]

Price: $75.00

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