New York: John A. Gray & Green, Printers, 1867. Item #1121
8vo. 240 x 160 mm., [9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches]. 40 pp. Original printed wrappers, chipped at edges and a bit of the spine, lightly soiled; otherwise a good copy.
Born into a family of comedic actors, Adelaide Ristori (1822-1906) excelled in tragedy and gained world-wide recognition for her portrayal of famous women, included Elizabeth I, Mary Stuart, Medea and played opposite Edwin Booth in his New York performance of Macbeth. Ristori made two tours of the United States, the first in 1866-67 and the second in 1884. She also toured South America twice, and performed in Paris and London and other capitals of Europe.
Paolo Giacometti (1816-1882) was a lawyer turned playwright who was the author of numerous plays written for strong actresses like Ristori. His play Marie Antonette was written expressly for her, and the premiere was in New York during her first visit to the City.