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I have the first author's edition published by Warren Johnson and Co.,Buffalo, NY,1873. (Biography compete to April, 1872, the title page notes), apparently with some addenda by the author.
It should come as no surprise that PT's autobiography shows him in a much more favorable light than, say, the current popular opinion, but for some good reasons. First, he comes from a family of pranksters and travelers and salesmen and showmen, so you see he was simply learning how to get on with them. His family members became his first marks, as he had been theirs, and a better student than they bargained for. Second, PT Barnum, unlike many successful people, revels in his failures, but without calling them that. A third remarkable thing is his ability to bargain, often with nothing. This means that people trusted him, and perhaps could not wait to see how he would do as he promised.
His story about procuring an entire city block in NYC for his American Museum, with no collateral, and competing with a large bank syndicate, is completely unique.
He did a lot with entertainment, and managed tours of 'The Swedish Nightingale.'
If not for some great insights into business, entertainment, and travel, you should read this book -- because P. T. Barnum in his own words is a real funny guy !