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Charke, Charlotte]
A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Charlotte Charke.Written by Herself
W. Reeve, A. Dodd, E. Cook, London, 1755. Contemporary tree calf with gilt and morocco labels to spine. Armorial bookplate of Sir Thomas Hesketh, Bart. to front pastedown, below a plate for the Easton Neston Library. Offsetting to endpapers. Light scattered foxing as typical, otherwise clean and unmarked. Collating [2], x,11-277, [1, blank]: bound without the frontis, but else complete including half and full titles. Three volumes in one, the present is bound with Theatrical Biography; or, Memoirs of the Principle Performers of the Three Theatres Royal Volumes 1-2 (London: S. Bladdon, 1772. First editions). ESTC reports 18 U.S. institutions holding copies, with the present the only copy on the market. This scarce piece of LGBTQ+ history has not appeared at auction in over 45 years. A person of "unusual intelligence, taste, and courage," Charlotte Charke made history by writing one of the earliest autobiographies in English of an LGBTQ+ person (Speaight). "Throughout her autobiography, Charke implements both male and female clothing along with a variety of objects -- including a fiddle, a sword, torches, oils, sugar, pens, puppets, and wigs -- to signal and manipulate her social position and her gender performance" (Higa). Much as those in Charke's life witnessed the physical signs of their gender non-conforming identity, the language of Charke's narrative also lays those realities bare; and Charke's memoir "describes Charke's body as 'fluid'.using object as tools to anchor a performance in gender normativity before descending into the unpredictability of gender fluidity.rea … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books, Inc. -- ABAA, ILAB [Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.]
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