MARTINO, Mario, with Harriet
NY, Crown, (1977). A pseudonymously published autobiography of a former nun who transitioned from female to male in his 30s. Lower corners bumped; near fine in a very good dust jacket with several small edge chips. Offered here together with the second printing (also Crown, 1977), which is modestly foxed, else near fine in a near fine dust jacket, which adds jacket blurbs not present on the first printing; the first Canadian paperback edition (NAL/Signet, 1979, printed from U.S. sheets), which has an owner name and is very good in spine-creased wrappers, with a cover photo of "Mario" (real name: Angelo Tornabene) that does not appear in the earlier editions; and the first French edition (Trevise, 1981), which is dampstained, a good copy at best, but with two additional "after" photos not in previous editions. Essentially, the complete publication history of a landmark LGBTQ title: male-to-female transitions are, at this point, not exceptionally scarce, but female-to-male transitions still have little documentation. Quite uncommon: no copies for sale in the U.S. or U.K. at the time of this writing, in any edition. [#035104] $2,750
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