Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1883. Later edition. 124 pp. Engraved t.p. Facsimile letter as frontispiece. 5-7/8" x 4-1/8". Green publisher's cloth binding with gilt lettering. Red edgestain. Minor extremity wear. Bright gilt. A VG+ copy. Item #337.6
"Adah Isaacs Menken was an American actress, painter and poet, and was the highest earning actress of her time. She was best known for her performance in the hippodrama Mazeppa, with a climax that featured her apparently nude and riding a horse on stage. After great success for a few years with the play in New York and San Francisco, she appeared in a production in London and Paris, from 1864 to 1866. After a brief trip back to the United States, she returned to Europe. However, she became ill within two years and died in Paris at the age of 33." [Wiki].
This minor literary effort by the famous actress was dedicated to Charles Dickens. The frontispiece is facsimile of letter from Dickens to Menken thanking her for the honor.