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The Life and Times of Augustus Rapp the Small Town Showman

Rapp, Augustus (preface by Jay Marshall; Introduction by Robert Parrish)

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ISBN 10: 0916638448 / ISBN 13: 9780916638443
Published by The Ireland Magic Company, Chicago, IL, 1959
Condition: Good Hardcover
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#479 of 500 copies of the first edition. Plastic comb bound with clear acetate covers over stiff paper covers. Acetate has some scuffing but otherwise a good, clean copy with no markings. Two pages have some ink smudges in the text, probably from a technical problem at time of printing. 137 pages. Delightful autobiography which also includes some of his performance material in the way of comedy and ventriloquism sketches. Bookseller Inventory # 111912

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Title: The Life and Times of Augustus Rapp the ...

Publisher: The Ireland Magic Company, Chicago, IL

Publication Date: 1959

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Limited/Numbered First Edition

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Gus Rapp was a magician, mentalist, juggler, ventriloquist, puppeteer and actor -- a roving entertainer in search of an audience. He spent nearly 60 years as a wandering showman in the villages of the Midwest and rural South during the 1890s and early decades of the 20th century. At the grand old age of 89 Rapp began his amusing and curiously readable autobiography about life on the road by writing, "I was born dead." Illustrated with photographs and playbills.


"A wealth of anecdotes and a selection of old portraits and playbills help to make this a uniquely interesting book." --Vincent Starrett, Chicago Tribune, November 2, 1959

"Rapp contributed a great deal to his world... if only for the brief time between curtain up and curtain down." --Robert Lund, American Museum of Magic newsletter, 1987

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