New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1933. First English edition. 6 x 8 3⁄4 in. Perfect bound in cloth. 288 pp. Without original dust jacket. Covers worn, sunning and small tear of cloth at spine; tight and clean inside. Previous owners’ book plate on front pastedown endpaper. Good. Item #5808
The autobiography of German painter Lili Elbe, the subject of the 2015 film The Danish Girl. Elbe is considered one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery, which took place in the early 1930s. Although the book is often listed as written by Niels Hoyer, a pseudonym for Elbe’s friend Ernst Ludwig Hathorn Jacobson, Elbe was in fact the author of the book. Her writing provides a rare glimpse into the experience of pre-war transgender and intersex individuals, and Man Into Woman proves an invaluable resource for trans history. Includes an introduction by Norman Haire, Ch.M., M.B., a prominent British sexologist.