Limited first edition, one of only 50 copies, of Baker's first post-World War II autobiography, including her account of her wartime intelligence activities aiding the Free French government-in-exile.
"Jamais brutal, jamais stupide, jamais vulgaire, vive Paris!"
Baker's 1949 MÉMOIRES offer a lively series of impressionistic vignettes: from her St. Louis childhood, through her first glimpse of Paris and "all its mysteries," to the days of the Occupation when she held the rank of sub-Lieutenant in the Women's Auxiliary of the Free French Air Force. Through her many collaborations with writers like Sauvage, Baker developed and refined a distinct and consistent authorial voice: transforming herself from an object of portraiture and caricature to the narrator and creator of her own legend. Written with French journalist Marcel Sauvage, co-author of Baker's earliest (1927) autobiographical volume, and based on his numerous interviews and conversations with her.
Read more: Bennetta Jules-Rosette, Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and the Image.
Paris: Éditions Corrêa, (1949). 7'' x 4.5''. Contemporary red 3/4 goatskin with red marbled boards bound by French bookbinder Lucie Weill, with original pictorial wrappers bound in, gilt-lettered spine. Top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Marbled endpapers. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs. 343, ,  pages. Binder's stamp on verso of front marbled endpaper. Inscribed by Baker across the front endpaper: "To Mlle. Woller / Avec mes meilleurs souvenirs / Josephine Baker 1949". Very light sunning to spine.
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