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    [P. T. Barnum, association]. Santa Claus and Jenny Lind. New York: John R. M'Gown, [1850].

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    First edition of this rare children's pamphlet, produced in conjunction with Lind's American tour, financed by Barnum. Eighteenmo. [32] pages. Original wrappers. Wrappers and text restored and rebound with string. Wear, creases and tears to wrappers, original spine lacking, text toned and worn with tears and some chipping, with original stab-holes at gutters evident. Still, a very good copy of an extremely rare and fragile item.

    In 1850, P. T. Barnum convinced Jenny Lind to begin a tour of America that he would finance and promote. Lind was a superstar in Europe, and, thanks to the shrewd promotion of Barnum, the American tour of the "Swedish Nightingale" was an enormous success. Barnum carefully orchestrated public appearances, emphasizing her modest and demure nature instead of her singing. The result were huge crowds (not unlike "Beatlemania" of over a century later) and the runaway success of concerts and Lind-related products. This pamphlet was one of the many products created to fill the public's insatiable appetite for Lind. In this strange story, Santa Claus (not the jolly elf we know today, but a small man similar in appearance to Napoleon (!) who rides a magical broom) travels all year long (not just on Christmas) giving presents to good girls and boys. On one of these trips, Santa hears lovely singing, and, lo and behold, it is Lind! She agrees to ride the broom with Santa, singing to him and all of the good children while he bestows his presents. A delightful and very rare item!

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