Publisher: Anvers: Chez Van der Hey, Libraire, 1735.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: OCLC 8848288 records five copies (Yale, Smithsonian, Virginia, Sydney, and one in Germany); COPAC records four later editions, but not this one.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; small ink spot on the fore-edges; fine copy.
Book ID: 28102
Description12mo, contemporary sheep, red morocco label, gilt rules and lettering.
CommentsThe gossipy and scandalous memoirs of the eccentric and learned Abbe de François Timoleon Choisy (1644-1724), who, at his mother's encouragement, dressed as a female when he was a young boy, a habit which continued into adulthood. Extravagance led to poverty and Choisy took refuge in the church. He became an ordained priest, and in 1685 accompanied Chevalier de Chaumont on a mission to Siam, which he wrote about in Journal ou Suite du Voyage de Siam (1688). He was a member the Académie Française and wrote several historical and theological works of note, but these posthumous memoirs, with their account of his cross-dressing and risqué tales of his contemporaries, will be the work for which he is remembered. It has gone through numerous editions. This first edition is rare.