by Titaÿna [Élisabeth Sauvy] (translated by Madeleine Boyd)
New York: Horace Liveright. Near Fine in Very Good+ dj. (c.1931). First American Edition. Hardcover. NOISBN . [book is clean and tight, with just some minor bumping to the bottom front corner and bottom edge of front cover, small remnant of removed price sticker at upper corner of rear pastedown; jacket mildly edgeworn, very slight paper loss at a few corners, a bit of wrinkling/creasing at both ends of spine]. (B&W photographs) "All over Europe Titaÿna is known as The Sweetheart of Danger because as a flyer and a voyager, she has proved herself a woman unafraid. She has known the life of a sailor on the South Seas, has eaten with the cannibals of the New Hebrides, battled against fevers, wild beasts and suspicious natives from the Galapagoz Islands to Caledonia. She has sailed on cargo boats, the only woman on board; has sailed on her own chartered schooner through the South Seas." And so on. Quite the dame, it seems, yet hardly a household word today; the only biography of her, by Benoit Heimermann, has as far as I know never been translated into English. Also known as Elisabeth Sauvy-Tisseyre, she was the older sister of Alfred Sauvy (a French anthropologist and demographer who coined the term "Third World"), and was a journalist and reporter for Paris-Soir between 1925 and 1939. She published several books about her world travels during the late 1920s, although it's not clear whether the present volume is the translation of one of those or a kind of anthologized version of her writings. She also made a couple of documentary films in the early 1930s, and was photographed at least a couple of times by Man Ray -- most notably in 1928, when he made a portrait of her posing with the head of a Buddha that she'd stolen from the ruins of Angkor (an episode she describes near the end of this book, although without mentioning the ensuing kerfuffle). I should say that the (uncredited) frontispiece photo of the lady in this volume does not appear to be a Man Ray portrait -- although I wouldn't rule out the possibility of the somewhat artsy shot at the center of the dust jacket photo-montage, of Ms. T. contemplating a globe, being his work. [This item is featured in ReadInk's E-Catalog 3.1, which can be perused in full at our website. (Not everything in that catalog is listed on whatever site you're seeing this.)] . (Inventory #: 19469)
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