London: Sampson Low Marston & Co., Ltd., . 1st Edition. INSCRIBED copy, SIGNED by the Author on the ffep. ix, , 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'.