Fairground Art: The Art Forms of Travelling Fairs, Carousels and Carnival Midways
Geoff Weedon & Richard Ward
Abbeville Press, New York; White Mouse Editions, London; 1981: 4th printing.
Hardback; 330 x 270 mm; red boards with titles in gold on spine and front cover with a pictorial in gold on front cover; 312 pages; pictorial endpapers. Printed on good quality paper and profusely illustrated in colour and monochrome. Original unclipped dust jacket.
The book is in very good condition. The binding is sound. Very minor wear to the exterior of the dust jacket though the spine is slightly faded. A grubby, circa 120 mm narrow strip on the inside of the back cover of the jacket that has slightly marked the back cover of the book. Very minor marking of the bottom page ends. Birthday inscription in blue ink on the verso of the front free endpaper. Narrow strip of vertical black lines, page 95, probably a printing fault.
“The imaginative, often bizarre decorations that enliven fairgrounds, amusement parks and carnivals have a never-ending appeal to the popular imagination. Stunning carved and painted carousel horses, sinister mechanical targets, terrifying rides and alluring freak show banners are among the many wildly ornamented devices that use sex, horror and humour to entice fairground visitors to sample their wares. ‘Fairground Art’ is the first book ever to thoroughly reveal the fascinating history of this unique art form. Featuring over 1,100 illustrations - more than 700 in extravagant colour - it has been described by the ‘Los Angeles Herald Examiner’ as a magical delight and by the ‘Financial Times’ as a dazzling tour-de-force of riotous colour which must now be considered the definitive work. An indispensable guide for dealers and collectors. Based on years of research, travel and photography by authors Geoff Weedon and Richard Ward, ‘Fairground Art’ traces the development of amusement park imagery from the primitive fairs of the nineteenth century through the Art Deco neon wonders of the 1930s to the slick high-tech attractions that prevail today. Also chronicled are the little-known histories of the myriad craftsmen and artists who created these dynamic works. The result is an irresistible journey through a strange and appealing netherworld of midways and merry-go-rounds, waxworks and horror shows.”