George Sanger was one of the great 'characters' of the 19th century, a travelling showman and circus proprietor, born into the business. Fortunately, before his untimely death, he wrote and published a memoir of his life, which remains as a rich source of entertaining and amusing stories, as well as portraying the travelling showman's lifestyle in a graphic and accessible manner.
'Lord' George Sanger (1825-1911) was an English showman and circus proprietor. Born to a showman father, he grew up working in travelling peep shows. He successfully ran shows and circuses throughout much of the 19th century with his brother John. He retired in 1905 and was murdered by a disgruntled employee in 1911. His memoir was originally published in 1910.
Our book is a 1st edition copy of the re-issue by J.M. Dent in 1935, and includes an introduction by Kenneth Grahame (of 'Wind in the Willows'fame). Bound in deep pink (possibly originally red?) cloth with impressed publisher's emblem of a head on the front, and title in gilt with decorative border on the spine, the book is numbered 232 in the 'Kings Treasures of Literature' series. Externally there are few signs of wear - one or two small marks on the back, slight fading of the gilt, minimal bumping or shelf wear. Page tops coloured pale green. Inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages; all pages clean and bright; no foxing. An ex libris for Simeon Potter is pasted inside the front cover, and a rectangular mauve stamp at the top of the front fep states 'With the publisher's compliments', and 'The established price of this book is' with 1 / 4 in pencil (one shilling and fourpence).