London: John Lane/The Bodley Head Ltd, 1957. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's canary cloth, spine and upper board stamped in red, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
First edition of Swiss-born abstract photographer Christian Staub’s debut book. Staub turned to photography after he was forced to leave his career as a painter in Paris when the Nazis invaded France. After returning to Switzerland, he studied under leading modern photographer Hans Finsler, and freelanced for magazines and worked for a US advertising company while producing his own noncommercial work. The images gathered here were captured during his travels to London and Olympia where he visited a variety of circuses. Illustrated with black-and-white plates; with an introduction by Swiss clown Grock (often called "the king of clowns" and "the greatest of Europe's clowns") who is featured in the book, and ten sketches of circus scenes by Swiss artist Hanny Fries. Liught soiling and edgewear to cloth; price-clipped dust jacket with moderate chipping and edgewear. Very good. Item #5363