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Inscribed to Mrs. Tom Thumb

Struggles and Triumphs; or, Forty Years' Recollections.

Buffalo: The Courier Company, 1882.

Author's Edition, Revised, Enlarged, Newly Illustrated and Written up to December, 1881. Presentation copy inscribed by Barnum to Mrs. Tom Thumb. Plates and illustrations. 792pp. 8vo. Inscribed to Mrs. Tom Thumb. Publisher's cloth, minor wear Item #366739

Signed and inscribed by Barnum: "To Countess Magri (Mrs. Tom Thumb) with best wishes" and dated Novembe 2, 1888."

Mercy Lavinia Warren married Charles Sherwood Stratton (i.e. Tom Thumb) to much fanfare in 1863. Indeed, their wedding was said to be one of the biggest events of the entire century, with Barnum selling upwards of 5000 tickets to the reception at $75 each. After Stratton's death in 1883, Lavinia remarried Count Primo Magri in 1885 and continued exhibitions and appearances, and even a silent film, until her death in 1919.

Chapter XXXVII in Barnum's revised autobiography treats Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thumb, describing his first impressions of Lavinia as "a most intelligent and refined young lady, well educated and an accomplished, beautiful and perfectly developed woman in miniature"

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