First printing. A lively novel, told in a breezy and suprisingly modern first person narrative (from the first page: 'there sat the woman who can never nurse her baby except where everyone can see her, in a railroad station'), the story of a young woman living by her wits, and her abilities as a pickpocket, petty thief, and most of all an actress. One of the most popular novels by this best-selling early 20th century novelist, born in Calaveras County in California in 1870. Her older brother, Albert Michelson was widely recognized as 'The Father of Theoretical Physics' and who, in 1907, became the first American scientist to win a Nobel Prize, and whose work in measuring the speed of light inspired Albert Einstein. Illustrated with a frontispiece and five internal plates by Harrison Fisher, Bound in red cloth with a decorative cover in cream and black by Margaret Armstrong. 280 pp. plus 14 pp. of ads. Near fine (previous owner's name, dated Aug 8, 1904, and a small peeled spot on front endpaper) - a hint of spine slant, but the covers are bright and attractive, corners sharp, pages still surprisingly white and supple. .
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