Une Amazone sous le Premier Empire. Vie d’Ida St-Elme. by…

Une Amazone sous le Premier Empire. Vie d’Ida St-Elme. by LACHIZE, Henri. Charles THÉVENIN, illustrator.

~ Une Amazone sous le Premier Empire. Vie d’Ida St-Elme. Paris: [Macon: Protat frères for] Charles Carrington, 1902.

Large 8vo (240 × 150 mm), pp. xx, [2], 239, [3], plates in three states (2 of which are bound at rear). Original wrappers preserved in contemporary half morocco, spine gilt with onlays. A fine copy. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).

First edition, one of 100 copies on vergé d’Arches with plates in three states (of a total edition of 500). A biographical study of the famous military transvestite, Ida St-Elme who served as a man in the French Imperial armies. It is based on her autobiography Mémoires d'une contemporaine (1829). This is rather atypical of Carrington’s productions—the quality of typography and illustration far higher than that of his more surreptitious erotic publications.

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