Philadelphia: Rodgers Publishing Company, 1897. First printing. Black and white plates. Clover over boards. Octavo. 254 pages. Bound in maroon cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board. Shallow extremity bumps and light wear to boards and spine ends. Hinges sound. Near fine overall.
The first biography of the 19th century actress and businesswoman, Laura Keene, written by one who knew her. Keene, of course, is best known in connection with the Lincoln assassination and the play, "Our American Cousin."
In addition to Ms. Keene's account of the Lincoln assassination, this study of her life contains valuable information on the workings of a 19th century touring company, anecdotes and reminiscences of many theatre people of the day. Illustrated with 14 plates from photographs, sketches, paintings, etc.
This copy is inscribed and signed by Creahan on a tipped in piece of paper, dated 1902 at Philadelphia's Old Continental Hotel. Creahan, who managed the hotel's billiard room, held a patent on the Brunswick Billiard Table.