A BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF I. A. VAN AMBURGH, and an Illustrated and Descriptive History of the Animals Contained in His Mammoth Menagerie and Great Moral Exhibition, Comprising More in Number and a Greater Variety than All Other Shows in the United States Combined.

New York: Printed by Samuel Booth, (1865). 8vo. 70, (1) pp. Illustrated from wood engravings, portrait, plates, vignettes; text enclosed within an ornamental border throughout. Van Amburgh (1808-1865), an “American animal trainer who developed the first trained wild animal act in modern times, … the first to put his head in the mouth of a lion” (Wikipedia); includes illustrated sketches of a wide range of wild animals. This edition not recorded on OCLC (which does locate a number of other editions, 1840s-1872, all uncommon). Original illustrated yellow wrappers (some wear at spine ends). Owner’s name at head of front wrapper. Very good. Item #65356

Price: $450.00

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