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Paris is a Woman's Town, First Edition, 1929

Scarce copy of this title by Helen Josephy and Mary Margaret McBride; Helen Hokinson (jacket design). Published by Coward-McCann, New York, 1929. 299 pages.

First edition of this informative guide to Paris for women tourists, the first collaboration between American journalists Josephy and McBride, who would go on to produce a series of light-hearted travel guides. The text is divided into four parts: "If You Go to Paris to Shop", "If You Go to Paris to Live", "If You Go to Paris for an Education", and "If You Go to Paris to Have a Good Time".

The authors give a brisk tour of the city, focused more on fashion houses and popular cafés than the historic landmarks described in every other Paris guide, as well as an anthropological survey of Parisian vendeuses, concierges, and even gigolos: "The greatest expense a gigolo has is laundry. Dress shirts melt down so in the heat." 

A very good copy of a delightful book, in an elusive jacket. Some very small tears. Protected Mylar cover. Quite a rare and hard-to-find book!


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