This enthralling story of circus life
- the main span of which covers the last 50 years of the nineteenth
century - is the work of a Czech author who has a profound, intimate
and affectionate knowledge of the 'life on wheels' which he
describes in such loving detail. Umberto's Circus travelled over
highways and byways of Europe and Asia Minor while four generations
succeeded each other to carry on its glittering name and traditions.
Not only the Umberto family itself, but every performer, animal
trainer, tight-rope walker and stable hand were united in a close
bond - a bond which involved loyalty, devotion to circus life, to a
careful, daily and meticulous rehearsal, to a love and understanding
of animals, and to an adherence to a high ideal of showmanship.
Condition: Very good in very good dust wrapper.