New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1909. First Trade Edition. Octavo (18.5cm); dark red cloth, stamped in gilt; TEG; 174+pp. Boards show minor handling wear, with rubbing to extremities (especially heel of spine). Textblock slightly toned, spots of foxing throughout; deckled edges; birthday card w/ inscription laid-in. A Very Good or Better copy.
Louis Ledoux drew inspiration for this play from the Secreta Secretorum, purportedly an epistolary guidance manual written by Aristotle for Alexander the Great, covering a range of subjects from the kingly to the occult. Its true origins are unclear, but it was widely read during the Middle Ages and translated into many languages. As for Ledoux, he was primarily a poet, an influence noted in this three act tragedy about the poisoned daughter of Poros, an Indian emperor. First published privately in 1907, with a copyright performance given in 1908.