Imaginary Voyages and Cross-dressing courtiers

Imaginary Voyages and Cross-dressing courtiers

Monday, Aug 02, 2021

Our latest catalogue, just published, is the second part of a catalogue of books from a private collection and features Imaginary Voyages.

A fascinating genre--one of the quirkiest examples included is a 17th Century work in which the narrator of the tale tells of his shipwreck and how he had washed up on a floating island where he was privileged to be allowed an intimate glimpse of an hermaphrodite world. Rare, with the wonderful engraved frontispiece depicting one of the island’s cross-dressing courtiers (pictured) from a world in which various evils are ‘ironically depicted as admirable’ (Gibson).  See more here