The circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney

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Published by University of Nebraska Press in Lincoln .

Written in English

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Subjects:

  • Circus performers,
  • Mythology,
  • Circus,
  • Magic,
  • Fiction

Edition Notes

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StatementCharles G. Finney ; foreword by John Marco ; introduction to the new Bison Books edition by Michael Martone ; illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff
SeriesBison frontiers of imagination
ContributionsArtzybasheff, Boris, 1899-1965
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPS3511.I64 C5 2011
The Physical Object
Pagination154 p. :
Number of Pages154
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24881804M
ISBN 109780803234949
LC Control Number2010049046

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Find more information about: ISBN: Pages are on 2 folded leaves. Issued in a case (36 cm.). "The edition is limited to one hundred and fifty copies"--Colophon.

LC copy has colophon ending "this copy is for the Library of Congress." LC copy accompanied by 30 duplicate leaves; also by 35 leaves (in printed paper cover) and by Edward Hoagland's introd.

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