New York: Redfield, 1855. First Edition. Uncommon first printing of Barnum's oft-revised and much-reprinted autobiography. DAB: "Barnum published his Life... (1855) as part of his prolific advertising. Thereafter it was often revised, reprinted, and continued to date. It is generally accurate in matters of fact..." First printing. 12mo (19cm). Publisher's embossed brown cloth, titled in gilt on spine; viii,-404 + 4pp ads. Engraved frontispiece portrait; numerous wood-engraved text illustrations. Some fading and mottling to cloth at spine and extremities; still a very tight, fresh copy, Very Good or better. Ownership signature ("Oliver Livermore") to front endpaper.