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A Transvestite Love Story

Choisy, Francois Timoleon, abbe de. (1664-1724). Histoire de Madame la Comtesse des Barres. A Madame la Marquise de Lambert. Bruxelles: Chez Francois Foppens, 1736. 12mo (126 x 80mm). 140pp. 19th-century fine dark-blue crushed morocco by Trautz-Bauzonnet of Paris, lettered in gilt to spine, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges, marbled endpapers. From the library of Madame de Pompadour, her heraldic arms of the three Crecy castle clipped from the previous binding and pasted in when rebound in the 19th century. Inscribed by Godart de Beauchamps, (a later inscription on the front free endpaper states that Beauchamp's library was bought 'en bloc' from Madame de Pompadour. Also from the notable collection of Lucius Wilmerding, 20th- century author and scholar (his bookplate on front pastedown). Near Fine.
First Edition. Splendid association copy with the most elite of 18th century French women. This book was at once in the famed collection of rococo femme savant and marquise Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764). Her heraldry of three Crecy castles on a shield, surmounted by a crown, is cut from the previous binding and pasted in when rebound by Trautz-Bauzonnet of Paris in the 19th century. It is known that the library of Madame to Pompadour was sold en bloc to Godart de Beauchamps. The period of Madame de Pompadour's influence is considered the very height of refined taste in France. Her library contained approximately 3,525 volumes and were all bound in leather and gilt and emblazoned with her coat of arms. Choisy, although a prominent French cleric, diplomat, and writer of works on church history and memoirs, is perhaps best known as a cross-dresser. It was said he enjoyed to dress in women's clothing in order to mimic the dauphin, brother of Louis XTV, and simply because he felt more beautiful. Choisy was associated within a writer's circle which included Perrault and L'heritier, with whom he may have anonymously written this love story about two transvestites. This story is a galanterie of jealousy, affaires, games, la belle vie and travel in Italy and England. This particular memoir has been reissued under the title d' Aventures de I 'abbe de Choisy habille enfemme (1862), Aventures de I 'abbe de Choisy deguise enfemme (1923), Memoir es de I 'abbe de Choisy habille enfemme (1966) and Histoire de la Marquise-Marquis de Banneville. It has been translated as The Transvestite Memoirs of Abbe de Choisy, by R. H. F. Scott (London: Peter Owen, 1973). Choisy believed that the distinction of the sexes would be obliterated if one sex wore the others clothing. For instance, a man wearing a women's dress was deemed to have undermined the authority inherent in the superior sex, therefore cross dressing would make a man weak. (#kfk380) $2,750.00

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