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A Pictorial History of the American Carnival

by Joe McKennon

Three volumes.  Sarasota, FL:  Carnival Publishers, 1971 

Hardback set is overall in VERY GOOD condition, with VERY GOOD DJs under Mylar.

  • Turquoise blue cloth covers are mostly clean.  Boards are a little darkened at head edge.  Corners are sharp.  See photos. 
  • Spines have gilt text and are bright with softened ends.
  • Bindings are strong.  
  • End papers/ pastedowns show little to no sign of age or wear.
  • Volume III has an 8-page supplement inside front cover. 
  • Illustrations, black and white photographs, are clear.  
  • Interiors exhibit minimal signs of age and wear.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges Vol. 1-2 have foxing.  
  • DJs look great behind Mylar and are backed with archival paper.
  • Close examination of DJs reveals light edgewear including possible bumps, rubbing, and/or tiny closed tears, some smudges to front covers.  See photos.
  • PS2024.0605

208 + 192 + 240 pages. 8.5 x 11 inches.

A very good copy of this comprehensive pictorial history of carnivals in the United States, three volumes bound as two, with original dust jackets.  Joe McKennon, veteran of both carnival and circus, offers a history of what he calls America's "collective amusement industry," relying on photographs and material shared with him by carnival people.  The three volumes include a history of the carnival, from its European roots to its American incarnations, profiles of carnival owners and entertainers, and family trees of multi-generational carnival lineages.  Volume three covers the carnival through the 1970s and touches on how societal change affected the midway.  

Volumes I (1971) and II (1972) are bound together, Fifth printing, 1983.  Volume III (1981), First printing.  

Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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