About the book
A new book telling the story of the American circus has recently been published by Yale University Press. The book explores how American culture, values, demographics and business practices altered the fundamental nature of the European circus, and how, by the end of the 19th century, they had transformed it into a distinctly American pastime.
Performing animals, costumes, music and advertising are all covered in the 432-page book, which includes archive photographs and illustrations.
The American Circus, edited by Susan Weber, Kenneth L Ames and Matthew Wittmann, is published by Yale University Press, priced at £40. Find out more at the publisher's website
All images courtesy Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture; New York