London: Jupiter Books, 1977. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 1st edition (no additional printings), lg 8vo, mustard colored boards, 142 pages, b/w illustrations throughout, glossary, bibliography. Condition: NEAR FINE book / NEAR FINE jacket: like new. Wykes gives us a light-hearted history of the circus - the unusual and the little known beginning with the Roman circus, the medieval travelling show, Astley's in 18th century London, and of course Barnum and the Big Top and more - all accompanied by rare illustrations.