London: Barrington (1970-71). Issues 1-4 of this short-lived publication, each limited to 250 copies. Barrington had been imprisoned for publishing pornography in the 1960s and issued these publications in a more limited way in order to avoid legal problems. Each issue contains images of male nudes printed on Barrington's lithography machine, bound in blue stapled wrappers. See Smith, Physique: The Life of John S. Barrington @184. Uncommon.
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The artist, a bi-sexual Englishman, was one of the more prominent purveyors of nude male magazines and photographs in the post-war period, some of which earned him time in prison. He published magazines such as "Man to Man" and "Golden Boys" and assorted others, but he also self-published several books with more serious allusions, such as the "Superb Youth," series which attempt to cross the line into more conventional "artist's books." Notwithstanding this pretense, the books contain a wealth of well-endowed and quite attractive young men in assorted provocative poses. This profile portrait on “scraper board” measures 15.25” x 12”, signed “JB ’59” at lower left, a few light surface cracks.
John S. Barrington (aka John Paignton) was a pioneering pornographer and bisexual photographer of male ""physique"" images in postwar Britain. He was routinely harassed by British authorities and spent time in jail for publishing gay muscle magazines. He was also an accomplished artist and much of Barrington's artwork appeared in his numerous publications, such as the Art and Anthropometry series. This is an original painting on board, which is signed by the artist in pencil (lower right corner) and dated 1980.
London (1971). 4to. Barrington was the publisher of several male nude magazines, beginning in the 1960s and was arrested and imprisoned for pornography in the 1960s. He subsequently issued these publications in a more limited way in order to avoid legal problems. One of 100 signed copies (#16), very good in plain blue wrappers with spiral binding.
Daniel O'Connor, London. 1922. Hardcover. Cream colored buckram bindign with gilt decorative cover and spine, top edge gilt, decorative endpapers. Frontispiece portrait of Gay, plus fifteen full page illustrations and facsimile of original title page. (i)-xxiv, 91 pages, including Bibliography, Index and Notes. Endpapers lightly browned, covers lightly rubbed and marked. Very good. Reprinted from the 1716 first edition.
Paris: Hours Press (1941). 4to. The eccentric Bright Young Thing's first collection of published poetry, printed by Nancy Cunard. His work was highly praised at the time, but he never achieved critical success and eventually committed suicide in 1958, after years of drug and alcohol use. Original leather-backed blue paper boards decorated with designs by John Banting, gilt lettering on spine. One of 150 letterpress copies printed on Canson-Montgolfier and signed by the author. Very good, light wear to spine, light wear and darkening to covers, occasional light foxing on endpapers as usual.
London: Golden Cockerel Press (1950). 271pp. Hardcover. One of 370 copies printed, translated by Count Lutzow. Illustrated with line drawings by Dorothea Braby. Pictorial cream-colored cloth, teg. Designed and produced by Christopher Sandford. This copy is warmly inscribed by Sandford to his fellow artist Ralph Chubb on front endpaper. A lovely copy with light wear to covers.
Berlin: Mackay-Gesellschaft (1932). A collection of poems issued toward the end of the gay anarchist's life. In his old age, Mackay tried to supplement his income by establishing a Mackay-Gesellschaft (Mackay Society) to publish and sell his books and this was one of the three books issued under that imprint. Includes "Heimliche Aufforderung" - one of the poems set to music by Richard Strauss, which was inspired by a boy, Very good in sewn wrappers.
Zurich: Henckell (1895). One of a series of brief extracts of the works of various artists and poets, published by Henckell in a collection called "Sonnenblumen." One fold sheet on card stock, which includes several of Mackay's works, including "Meine Jugend" and "Hand in Hand." Mackay, a Scottish anarchist who settled in Germany issued a number of books on anarchism and homosexuality (under the name "Sagitta." Very good, lightly yellowed.
Ashover: Frank Murray (1896) 8vo. 75pp. Uranian poetry celebrating the beauty of the author's beloved pupil, Alec Melling. A very good copy in 3/4 morocco binding, slight wear to edges. With the bookplate of McDouglas Scott on front endpaper, along with his signature and assorted penciled notations. "Southernwood" refers to a plant that is reputed to have an aroma similar to sperm. Very good in quarter cloth, original wrappers not present, light foxing to endpapers and a bit of light crayon marks on rear endpapers. [Love in Earnest, p.249]. One of 208 copies, photographic frontispiece. An original photograph of a nude boy is tipped on to front endpaper. Uncommon.
London: Roberts and Newton (1928). Nicholson's last published collection of verse and one of the last books published by any in the Uranian circle. Very good in brown linen boards,a little sunning and closed tear to edges on spine, small stain on rear board, previous owner's penned signature on endpaper and penciled notes on rear endpapers.
London: Kegan Paul (1902). 505pp. The posthumously published poems of the metaphysical poet who, along with his onetime lover John Addington Symonds, became a disciple of Walt Whitman's theory of comradeship. This collection of his poetry contains an Introduction by John Addington Symonds, who maintained a friendship with the author until his own death in 1893. Very good in lightly worn slate boards, half-title lightly creased, prelims lightly browned. Uncommon.
London: Privately printed (1923). Uranian poetry by the author of several similar volumes extoling the virtues of such relationships. Printed by Francis Edwin Murray who issued a number of Uranian texts. One of 28 large paper copies, good in grey boards, covers browned and worn, spine starting to crack. Original prospectus for the book laid in (one sheet folded). Bookplate (by Ralph Chubb) of Anthony Reid on front pastedown.Young 3041*.
NP (1924). Second edition, expanded and with a new Foreword by the author. One of 2000 numbered copies printed of this collection of gay stories by the important gay activist, who was prosecuted for many of these stories when they originally appeared some years earlier. A very nice copy in terra cotta colored linen boards.