RICHARDSON, Frank. 2835 Mayfair.

(London): T. Werner Laurie, [1907].  Presumed first edition.  Octavo.  310 pages.  Title-page in black and green. A scarce occult detective novel which features ‘Identity Transfer’. The novel features an eminent doctor uses his great natural power of hypnosis for repeated transgender personality exchange with a plain young woman who when imbued with the doctor’s charisma becomes glamorous; the mystery arises from an accident in which the male body dies while hosting the female mind. The treatment of gender is ahead of its time but the morality ultimately distasteful, with the girl’s uninteresting persona regarded as expendable.  A good copy only.  Green boards, grubby, Acacia libraries stamp to inside front and rear boards, pulled at rear hinge.  Pages with some light browning, page edges grubby.


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