Paris: L'Edition (1918). 284pp. Memoirs of the famous French tragedien, who befriended Cocteau at a young age and helped to launch his career as a poet. Illustrated throughout with 24 drawings of Jean Lorrain, Robert de Montesquiou, Henri Bernstein, Sacha Guitry, Sarah Bernhardt, Edmond Rostand and others by Cappiello, de Losques, Lucien Laforge, etc. One of only thirty numbered copies on Japon (after 12 on Chine), this copy is also adorned with a warm inscription from the author on a title page from another addition which is tipped onto endpaper. A very nice copy in original decorated wrappers.
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Paris Modern-Bibliothèque [1909?] 155p. The first illustrated edition of this novel, which caused a scandal when it appeared. because of its 'indelicate and unpatriotic' novel about military life, it includes one character, Laprévotte, a sodomite, who is cuaght in Le Havre with a group of seven boys. It was prodeeded against for indecency ('outrage aux moeurs'), and the defendants were acquitted in March 1890." - - Patrick Pollard, André Gide: Homosexual Moralist, Yale University Press, 1991).
Paris: Union Internationale d'Éditions (1909). 155pp. This "roman militaire" is similar to Lucien Descave's portrayal of army life in "Sous-Off" in its descriptions of the seamier aspects of military life. Deverin, an accomplished artist as well as writer, describes in some detail visits to brothels and assorted sexual improprieties. Very good in original decorative wrappers, light wear to covers and spine. The author has illustrated the front endpapers with an original signed drawing depicting a seated soldier. Uncommon.
London: Arthur Humphreys (1917). 40pp. A rather strange story of a young boy's obsession with an invisible friend named "Oscar." The protagonist continues to converse with this friend throughout his life. The author was also the author of another novel, Keddy: A Story of Oxford and died at Flanders in the year the book was published. Very good in original brown boards, light wear. Quite uncommon. The book is #204 on Murray's Catalogue of Selected Books from the Private Library of a Student of Boyhood, Youth and Comradeship. Young #1004.
Playbill from the November 20, 1968 production of Alexander Cohen's "Marlene Dietrich" at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. Arrangement by Burt Bacharach, conducted by Stan Freeman. The cover is signed by Dietrich, Freeman and several others and is in near fine condition. From the estate of Kenneth Macpherson and Islay Lyons.
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 (2014). 104pp. Bregenz und Thüringen (2010). 116pp. 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.
Bregenz und Thüringen (2016). 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 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.