From circus origins in Rome and the Continent to the first authentic circus in England, a description and interpretation of the acts that constitute the entertainment, for a better idea of the danger, art and beauty that lies behind their smooth exhibition in the ring. Essentially English (and how little he thinks of American three-rings and mammoth proportional) Nevertheless, a good behind the soones of the various kinds of acts, horse, clown, wild animal, acrobats, acrobats, aerialists, trapeze artists, et al. Famous trainers, performers and owners. Author is an animal trainer and M. P. -- In love with his subject and contagious in his enthusiasm. Good photographic Illustrations. Not a wide market, but place on display with other circus books as the circus date looms near. Factual background material for libraries.