Struggles and Triumphs by P.T. Barnum, Author's Edition, 1875

Barnum, P. T., Struggles and Triumphs; or, Forty Years’ Recollections of P. T. Barnum. Buffalo, New York: The Courier Company, 1875. Author’s Edition. Rebound in maroon quarter Moroccan leather and cloth with matching slipcase.

Offered is the revised author’s edition of P. T. Barnum’s Struggles and Triumphs. The book was published out of Buffalo, New York by the Courier Company in 1875 and is complete with black and white illustrations and a facsimile signature by the author.

Struggles and Triumphs recounts forty years worth of personal recollections by author P. T. Barnum. This edition has been revised by the author from its original first edition, with newly added illustrations and an enlarged format. Barnum’s autobiography recounts his entrepreneurial triumphs throughout his adult life. Barnum was best known as an entertainer and showman, whose creative pursuits later led to the development of the famous and popular Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The book was considered to be a manual for showmanship and money-making in the entertainment field, while drawing from the personal experiences that led to Barnum’s success.

Barnum’s autobiography cannot be considered a dry account of his life. Instead, Barnum employed marketing techniques relating to the allure of the circus in order to make a profit from the book sales and for self-promotion. As one of several autobiographies and memoirs, Struggles and Triumphs was well received by Barnum’s contemporaries for its entertaining text and insight into the secrets of Barnum’s success.


This author’s edition is fully rebound in maroon quarter Moroccan leather and cloth. The spine features raised bands, decorative gilt motifs, and gilt tooling with title, author, and date. It features marbled endpapers and a gilt top edge. The book is in good condition for its age, with slight staining visible on some interior pages and minimal foxing throughout. The work is housed in a matching maroon cloth slipcase with a color photo of a Barnum & Bailey circus poster on one side.

Dimensions (with slipcase): 8 1/4"H x 5 1/2"W x 2 3/8"D

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