Boston & NY: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916. Frontispiece & More Than 40 Photographic Plates. First Edition. Signed presentation from Farrar on front endpaper: “To Frances Broderick, In remembrance of Carmen. Geraldine Farrar, 1924.” Alice Geraldine Farrar [1882-1967) was an American soprano opera singer and film actress, noted for her beauty and acting ability. She had a large following among young women, who were nicknamed "Gerry-flappers". She recorded extensively for the Victor Talking Machine Company and was often featured prominently in that firm's advertisements. She was one of the first performers to make a radio broadcast in a 1907 publicity event singing over Lee DeForest’s experimental AM radio transmitter in New York City. She also appeared in silent movies, which were filmed between opera seasons. Farrar starred in more than a dozen films from 1915 to 1920. She had a seven-year love affair with the Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini and reportedly with Enrico Caruso. Farrar retired from opera in 1922 at the age of 40. In 1960, Farrar was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. 8vo., green cloth, stamped in gilt, in original dust jacket; 115 pages. Item #57101
Very Good (little rubbing covers but bright; contents clean & tight with little browning front endpaper); some wear & internal repairs with clear, archival tape (some rubbing & minor spotting, few tears & small chips, especially head of spine; price-clipped) d/j. Uncommon to find copies in the original dust jacket or signed by Farrar.