This is a little weird this one. Firstly it is a signed first edition, first print of THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern published by DOUBLEDAY in 2011. The weird part is that there are two signings.
The first signing is on the first title page and is Erin Morgenstern. She has also written, "The circus arrives without warning" and dated it.
However there is a second title page with a drawing of a flower and the date as well. It looks like it may be Erin Morgenstern but the signature is different. I have looked at other signings and the first signature is how she normally signs.
It has been so long since I got this edition, I have no idea about the second signing. It was quite a surprise to find.
It's a great cover design and a wonderful read,
Here is a synopsis -
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.