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WERTHER, Ralph—Jennie June ("Earl Lind"); Alfred W. Herzog, ed. & intro.
WERTHER, Ralph—Jennie June ("Earl Lind"); Alfred W. Herzog, ed. & intro.
WERTHER, Ralph—Jennie June ("Earl Lind"); Alfred W. Herzog, ed. & intro.
WERTHER, Ralph—Jennie June ("Earl Lind"); Alfred W. Herzog, ed. & intro.
WERTHER, Ralph—Jennie June ("Earl Lind"); Alfred W. Herzog, ed. & intro.
WERTHER, Ralph—Jennie June ("Earl Lind"); Alfred W. Herzog, ed. & intro.

WERTHER, Ralph—Jennie June ("Earl Lind"); Alfred W. Herzog, ed. & intro.

The Female-Impersonators

"Can the reader conjure up any worse fate for a girl than to be doomed to pass through life incarnated in a male body?"

NY: The Medico-Legal Journal, 1922. First edition. No. 95 of 1,000 copies. Xii, 295pp; index; frontis; illus; plates. Blue cloth stamped in gilt to front board and spine. Very good or better, with mild soiling and a few damp stains to boards, light spotting to textblock top, some offsetting to leaves opposite plates; lacking a jacket if issued with one.

First edition of one of the earliest American books on the subject of gender variance and what we now recognize as trans identity, written with the stated goal of promoting tolerance for homosexuals and those who do not conform to traditional gender norms, and to "bring about a repeal of the laws under which they are incarcerated and which are still in the codes because civilized man has not yet entirely emerged from the prejudice and superstition of the Dark Ages" (p.1). A sequel to the author's earlier Autobiography of an Androgyne (1918), the contents here are a mix of autobiography, reportage, and psychology, summarized in the subtitle as "an account of some of the author's experiences during his six years' career as instinctive female-impersonator in New York's Underworld; together with the life stories of androgyne associates and an outline of his subsequently acquired knowledge of kindred phenomena of human character and psychology." 

Ralph Werther, Jennie June, and Earl Lind were three pseudonyms used by the author, a self-described "ultra-androgyne," whom researcher Channing Gerard Joseph has convincingly posited was American journalist and essayist Mowry Saben (1870-1950). A high point of trans literature, and quite scarce; most copies encountered in the trade are from a presumably later run bound in inferior green cloth and lacking the number stamp found here on the limitation page. 

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