London: Collins, (1955). Single volume, measuring 6.75 x 7 inches: . Original pale gold wrappers printed in red. Title page printed in color, illustrated with line drawings and color photographs throughout text.
“School Edition” of this midcentury photobook, first published in 1947, number 7 in the Collins Colour Books series for children. The narrative follows two children in a traveling circus troupe over the course of a year, as they take the show on the road through the English countryside. The vivid color photographs feature several real-life provincial troupes: Reco Brothers Circus and Zoo, Don Ross Royal Imperial Circus, and Chessington Zoo and Circus. They depict the challenges of “tenting,” the training of the animals, and the routines of the clowns and acrobats: “Have you ever wondered how circus riders learn to do such wonderful tricks, without breaking their necks whilst they are learning?” A fine copy of an uncommon book.