History of the American clock business for the past sixty years, and life of Chauncey Jerome, written by himself ... Barnum's connection with the Yankee clock business

New Haven: F. C. Dayton, Jr., 1860. First edition, 12mo, pp. 8, [1], 12-144; lithograph frontispiece portrait; covers a little soiled and spotted, but still a good, sound copy in original brown cloth, gilt-lettered on upper cover. Between 1827 and 1837 Jerome produced more clocks than any other American company (see DAB), and he survived the Panic of 1837 by virtue of his invention of a one-day brass clock movement which was superior to the wooden ones then in use. Jerome fell on hard times after 1850 and died nearly penniless in 1868; he attributed his financial ruin to a business arrangement with P. T. Barnum. Howes J-104; Sabin 36063. Item #54673

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