(No date). Inscribed: “Presented to Herbert F. Gunnison by his friend Irving Bacheller”. With Gunnison’s bookplate. A short play. Elizabeth Phelps Ward (1844-1911), born in Andover, MA, was a precocious writer, publishing stories from the age of thirteen. A popular feminist author, lecturer and activist, Phelps wrote topical fiction on a wide variety of subjects, including spiritualism, temperance, antivivisection, women’s emancipation, as well as several Biblical romances that she wrote with her husband Herbert D. Ward. Her first major success was the novel The Gates Ajar (1868). Front cover detached. Original holograph manuscript, 31 pages, 4to, three quarter calf & marbled boards.