London: Boriswood (1937). 320pp. Scouting reminiscences by the editor of the Scout. Warmly inscribed to Lancelot Allen on first free endpaper, tipped in signed photograph on endpaper, another tipped in photograph on half-title (with penned notation), bookplate of recipient. Very good in green boards, lightly sunned.
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London, J.W. Parker and Son (1858) 8vo., 128 pp. A rare volume on the conduct of young men given to the eccentric teenage poet and Etonian, Digby Mackworth Dolben at age 14. Dolben caused considerable scandal at Eton with his exhibitionist behaviour and homosexual eccentricities He wrote homosexual verses to his contemporaries and scandalized his tutors with his behaviour. Dolben drowned at 19 and was mourned by the great Victorian poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins: “there can very seldom have happened the loss of so much beauty (in body and mind and life) ... Inscribed in 1862 to Dolben by Edward Daniel Stone, classical scholar and a schoolmaster at Eton during Dolben's tenure there. Armorial ex-libris of George Digby Scott, rector of Bray Quite rare- the first book of Dolben's library of which we are aware. Full crushed brown morocco and gilt, some wear, evidence of old tape strip removal, all edges gilt.
London: The Academy Publishing Company (1909). 30pp. The first collection of these sonnets, which include one dedicated to his soon to be estranged wife Olive Custance. Good in buff paper boards, bookplate on pastedown, some staining and wear to covers. Warmly inscribed to Christopher Jarchow (in 1931). Custom chemise and slipcase.
London: Curwen Press (1926). 13pp. An uncommon collection of some of Douglas's poems privately printed by A. J. A. Symons in an edition of 50 copies (this is #40). Very good in printed wrappers, light wear to covers, corrections of 4 misprints in the author's hand. Laid into a yellow linen chemise and slipcase, bookplate on front pastedown. Warmly inscribed by Douglas on endpaper ("A belated wedding gift.").
London: Fortune Press (1926). 4to. Hardcover. One of 500 copies printed by Maurice Darantiere. A very good copy bound in modern 1/4 leather and marbled paper boards, raised bands and gilt titling, top edge gilt with decoration, slipcase. Ownership signature of Islay de Courcy Lyons on endpaper. A lovely copy with very occasional light foxing. d’Arch Smith 165.
Bregenz und Thüringen (2010). 116pp. Soft cover. The ninth publication of papers delivered at the Norman Douglas Symposium in Bregenz in 2016, including essays on Douglas and his circle. Fine in blue wrappers.
Graz: Neugebauer (2010). 312pp. Volume 3 of the Selected Correspondence of Norman Douglas, which includes nearly 40 years of letters between these longtime friends, covering a wide range of shared interests and acquaintances. Illustrations. Fine in red linen boards.
Graz: Neugebauer Verlag (2011). 474pp. Edward Hutton was a prolific writer on Italian subjects and began an extended correspondence and friendship with Norman Douglas until the latter's death in 1952. An extensive selection of the letters is presented here in the fourth volume of the series issued by the Voralberger Landesbibliothek and edited by Arthur Wensigner.The correspondence covers a wide variety of subjects and includes references to many of their shared friends and enthusiasms. Fine in red fabric boards.
Bregenz (2009). 127pp. An illustrated record of the 5th symposium on Norman Douglas studies held in Austria in 2008, with transcripts in English, German and Italian and contributions by Cecil Woolf, Arthur Wensinger, Neil Rirchie and others. Fine in stiff wrappers.
Philadelphia: Centaur Book Shop (1927). 166pp. The first bibliography of Douglas' publications, completed with his assistance. Despite a newer bibliography by Cecil Woolf, this edition remains instructive on a number of the finer points of Douglas' work. Very good in paper patterned boards, photographic frontispiece. One of only 100 large paper copies, signed and numbered by the author and by Douglas. Uncommon.
Bregenz: Voralberger Landesmuseum (2001). 364pp. An exhaustive collection of photographs, essays and art work about the life of Norman Douglas. The essays are in German, English and Italian. Fine in wrappers.
Paris: Chamuel (1896). 314pp. An early gay novel about lesbians and gay men, part of the author's "Déséquilibrés de l'Amour" series. Very good in pink wrappers, original wrappers not present. Quite uncommon.
Paris: Oliven (1956). 96pp. Collection of writings on various subjects- aesthetics, spirituality, etc, illustrated throughout with homoerotic drawings by Hervé Dubly. One of only 125 signed and numbered copies (#40), warmly inscribed on title page by the author. Very good in illustrated wrappers, rear wrapper lightly worn.
Mexico City: Biblioteca Cientifica (1956). 252pp. One of many such popular books dedicated to sexual issues in the 1950s, with guidance on various prohibited activities, including a discussion of homosexuality. One chapter deals with the sex lives of writers and includes essays on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Tchaikovsky, Balzac and others. Very good in lightly worn illustrated wrappers. Quite rare.
New York: Films International America (1947). Soft cover. Uncommon booklet issued to promote the experimental film by Hans Richter. Contributors to the film included Max Ernst, Fernand Leger, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, Julien Levy, Paul Bowles, Libby Holman, Josh White, Darius Milhaud, John Cage and others. Numerous illustrations, with a cover image is by Max Ernst. A lovely copy with very light browning at edges.
Paris. 1 April 1921 (Series B. #2). (20” x 8/5”). 4pp. An unusual publication by the American dancer/poet/printer who settled in Paris in 1911 and printed a number of his own works, including this periodical espousing his philosophies. This edition also includes short works by Han Ryner, Louis Forest and an excerpt from Natalie Barney’s Pensées d'une Amazon. Very good, edges lightly darkened, folded sheet. Rare.
Paris: Albin Michel (1928). An uncommon gay novel set in a Montmartre gay bar which accurately reflects the decadence of the 1920s through the eyes of the bar's owner Horace and his much younger lover. Very good in original wrappers by Vertes, light edgewear, wrinkling to spine. One of 10 special copies on Mongolfier (#9). Quite uncommon.