The autobiography of Petite Bunkum, the showman showing his birth, education, and bringing up, his astonishing adventures by sea and land, his connection with Tom Thumb, Judy Heath, the woolly horse, the fudge mermaid, and the Swedish nightingale : together with many other strange and startling matters in his eventful career, all of which are illustrated with numerous engravings by Petite Bunkum

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Published by A. Ranney in New York .

Written in English

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  • United States

Subjects:

  • Barnum, P. T. 1810-1891 -- Humor.,
  • Circus owners -- United States -- Humor.

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Book details

Statementwritten by himself.
ContributionsMarian S. Carson Collection (Library of Congress)
Classifications
LC ClassificationsGV1811.B3 B85 1856
The Physical Object
Pagination64, [6] p. :
Number of Pages64
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL287343M
LC Control Number97190960

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