[Imprint from rear wrapper:] (Paris & Conde: Établissements d’Imprimerie du Nord, F. Descamps), . First edition. Original printed rose wrappers, wire stitched, 6.81 x 4.06 inches, 22, ,  pages. Illus. Some light wear and soiling; a very good copy. Item #19779
“Edgard [sic] Poe dans ses contes les plus fantastiques n’est jamais parvenu à produire l’impression de stupeur que produit la vue du géant Antonin quand il apparait dans la rue.” A pitch book from the impresario Oscar Maréchal to promote his performer Antonin Cros (1892-1914), who stood 2.25 meters tall (approx. 7 foot, 4 inches) and toured with “les Nains Béarnais,” a troupe of little people also under the management of Maréchal. Cros seems to have been born in the village of Chirassimont in the Loire Valley and died of tuberculosis in 1914. (A local historian of Saint-Symphorien-de-Lay seems to have produced a capsule biography of Cros in 2010 to commemorate a communal “journée de patrimonie” and supplies details of the performer’s death—and the picturesque detail that Cros with his earnings from his circus performances brought the first sewing machine to Chirassimont.) With an evident half-title giving the probable publication date, Biographe du Géant de St-Symphorien, le plus grand Conscrit de France en 1913. With a number of striking images from photos of Cros, often in a top hat (to emphasize his height) or posing with his little people fellow performers. Not found on CCFr.