FAIRY TALES Of The SOUTH SEAS And Other Stories. Annette Kellerman, 1887 - 1975.
FAIRY TALES Of The SOUTH SEAS And Other Stories.
FAIRY TALES Of The SOUTH SEAS And Other Stories.
FAIRY TALES Of The SOUTH SEAS And Other Stories.

FAIRY TALES Of The SOUTH SEAS And Other Stories.

London: Sampson Low Marston & Co., Ltd., [1926]. 1st Edition. INSCRIBED copy, SIGNED by the Author on the ffep. ix, [3], 11 - 318 pp. 16 black and white plates, a mixture of photographic images, maps and illustrations, the latter by Kellermann's sister, Marcelle Wooster. Crown 8vo. 7-1/2" x 4-7/8". Sky blue cloth binding with dark blue stamped spine lettering. No dust jacket. Volume a bit cocked. General shelfwear. PO signature [under author's inscription]. Foxing throughout. A VG copy. Item #50356

"Kellermann was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville star, film actress, and writer. She was one of the first women to wear a one-piece bathing costume, instead of the then-accepted pantaloons, and inspired others to follow her example. Kellerman's swimming costumes became so popular that she started her own fashion line of one-piece bathing suits. Kellermann helped popularize the sport of synchronised swimming, and authored a swimming manual. She appeared in several movies, usually with aquatic themes, and as the star of the 1916 film A Daughter of the Gods was the first major actress to appear nude in a Hollywood production. Kellermann was an advocate of health, fitness, and natural beauty throughout her life." [Wiki]

Given her popularity, this volume of children's stories a surprisingly uncommon title in the trade, with OCLC recording only 9 institutional holdings [just 2 in the US]. The book includes two stills from her films, 'A Daughter of the Gods' and 'Queen of the Sea' as part of the biographical sketch, 'A True Story', as well as a plate later in the book reproducing 3 miniature stills from 'The Mermaid', 'Neptune's Daughter' and 'Siren of the South Seas'.

Price: $235.00

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