Containing All Those Great Songs, the Singing of Which Has Made This Great Original Clown the Most Popular Jester and Vocalist that Ever Trod the Arena

By: [John Foster]

Price: $80.00

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Book Condition: Fair


Staple-bound wraps with hand-colored cover, small loop of grey string at the head of the spine, 10.4 by 16.2 cm, 32 pp. Tattered, though intact wraps with chips and small tears, chipping to the upper corner of the textblock, light stains here and there, and some spotting from insect leavings on the back cover. Scarce booklet of songs performed at the Great Barnum and London Circus on its tour of America, including acts written and sung by John Foster, Tony Pastor, Cool Burgess, Lulu Mortimer, P.C Loy, the “great Dutch clown” Arthur Johnson, etc. Foster was “born into poverty in Pennsylvania and orphaned at a very early age [and] made a place for himself in the itinerant circus world.” Before long he “played with and was known to every performer and circus man of note during the last half century, and has been with shows in every civilized country.”(Afflictor . com) Includes songs you’d expect at a circus, like “Clown’s Sparks of Wisdom” and “Go to Barnum’s Show,” as well as some surprising downers like “Why Have My Loved Ones Gone” (“But still I remain to mourn the happy days when the dear departed friends were here”), “Billy’s Request” (“Give my box and string to brother, Mama when I’m dead, When the sexton puts me under in my little bed”), and “Six Feet of Earth” (“Six feet of earth make all men of one size”).

Title: Containing All Those Great Songs, the Singing of Which Has Made This Great Original Clown the Most Popular Jester and Vocalist that Ever Trod the Arena

Author Name: [John Foster]

Categories: Antiquarian, Entertainment, Ephemera, Music, General,

Publisher: New York, New York Popular Publishing Company: not dated, c. 1880

Binding: paperback

Book Condition: Fair

Seller ID: 3308