Paris: Imp. de Vaugirard (1920). 32pp. Carlos de Beistegui e Yturbe (1895-1970) was an eccentric French-born Mexican multi-millionaire art collector and interior decorator who was one of the most flamboyant characters of mid-20th-century European life. His ball at the Palazzo Labia in Venice in 1951 is still described as "the party of the century". This is a record of his trip to China with his brother in the previous year. Very good in buff wrappers, light sunning to covers.
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Leipzig: Verlag von Max Spohr (1900) 184pp. Published originally in French in 1899 (l'Amour Libre), this German edition was published by Max Spohr, publisher of Magnus Hirschfeld and numerous other anarchist and progressive causes. Daudet was a printer, journalist, militant antimilitarist who was imprisoned for his political and social beliefs and the author of numerous texts.
Montrouge : Draeger frères, 1924. — In-folio. 312: (4 ff. First white), 11 plates, illustrated cover. In sheets, under shirt with jacket adorned with a typographic decoration. Prestigious catalog glorifying the graphic arts industries through a leading collaboration between the printer Draeger, the writer Jean Cocteau and the artist Charles Martin. The text is a treasure trove of typographic presentation and calls out to advertisers to encourage them to have Draeger catalogs edited. It is followed by 11 boards designed by Charles MARTIN (1884-1934) in the purest Art Deco spirit. "This catalog is the perfect celebration, never equaled, of the publishing professions, as well as one of the most prestigious DRAEGER albums" (Forney exhibition 1988, n ° 82). A few spots and pitting on the dust jacket and a few small freckles scattered on the boards.
Cincinnati: Little Man Press (1941). A collection of the author's poetry with a colored frontispiece by Matta. A very good copy in the printed dust jacket, light sunning at edges. One of 50 signed copies, this is #10. Laid in a is a photographic postcard from the author (who also took the photograph) which bears a holograph signed note in his hand (dated 1977).
Norfolk: New Directions (1949). 64pp. An early example of "queer modernism", this collection includes poems by the Surrealist founder of the magazine View. An elegantly produced volume with many "gems" in the words of Edith Sitwell. The dedication copy with an inscription on the front endpaper to his longtime partner Pavel Tchelitchew: "Dear Pavlik- this is your book/Charlie/Grottaferrata/5 January 1950." The book bears the printed dedication "To Pavel Tchelitchew." Very good in boards, light sunning to spine. The cardboard slipcase is also lightly sunned and has a small closed crack.
London: Dobson (1947). 128pp. A collection of strange stories by Henry Miller, Leonora Carrington, Paul Bowles, Giorgio di Chirico and numerous others. Illustrated throughout by Tanguy, Calder and others with a frontispiece illustration by Tchelitchew. Very good in very good jacket, light wear and small closed tears at edges, small remnant of bookplate on front endpaper. Warmly inscribed by Ford to the heiress Alice de la Mar: "To Alice dear-from Charles/6 Oct 1947/after a lovely weekend in Weston."
Paris: Charles Carrington (1904). 106pp. A collection of erotic poems, one of which is entitled "Eros Urania" and bears a printed dedication to Achille Essebac, author of the Dédé schoolboy series. A very good copy in original wrappers, light foredge spotting. Inscribed by the author on front endpaper. Uncommon.
Paris: La Revue Blanche (1 Octobre 1896). Soft cover. Jackson contributes this essay on homosexuality and its place in society. His philosophical argument draws on Darwin, Raffalovich, Kraft-Ebbing, Havelock Ellis and others and is quite forward-looking in its plea for acceptance. Very good in original wrappers. Also included is the first appearance of Robert Scheffer's work, "Le Prince Narcisse: etude passionelle," a gay work subsequently published the following year. Very good, light wear and browning to wrappers and spine, small discoloration at spine.
Paris: August (1923). 4to. This edition of the periodical is dedicated to "Les Gauchesses" and has numerous illustrations by Martin related to "Un Sport a la Mode: l'Inversion." The illustrations all relate to homosexuality in one way or another; one refers specifically to Oscar Wilde. Very good, previously folded, small tears and light browning to covers.
Paris: Imprimerie Crété 1922-1923. The complete run of the short-lived French satirical magazine consisting of 23 issues. Founded by Emile Merle, each issue of the review was illustrated by a sole artist, including Gus Bofa, Sem, P. Falké, L. Laforge, Boris, J. Hémard, Roubille, Vertès, Charles Martin, Text includes works by P. Reboux, M. Dekobra, Séverine, Ch.-H. Hirsh, R. Dorgelès, G. Chérau, R. de Jouvenel, H. Béraud, Curnonsky, P. Mac Orlan, M. Achard, Galtier-Boissière, Colette, F. de Miomandre and others. Of particular interest is the issue entitled "Les Gauchesses" which has numerous illustrations by Martin related to "Un Sport a la Mode: l'Inversion." Very good in linen binding, all wrappers present.
Rugby: George Over (1889). Sayle's second book of verse, highly praised by John Addington Symonds and reviewed by Charles Kains Jackson in the Artist and Journal of Home Culture. Sayle went on to become a noted bibliographer in Cambridge, where he lived most of his life. Original white buckram a little yellowed, covers a bit marked, light browning to endpapers, erratum present at rear, rear hinge split. Limited to 220 copies. Uncommon. Young 3439. d'Arch Smith 250.
Rugby: George Over (1889). Sayle's second book of verse, highly praised by John Addington Symonds and reviewed by Charles Kains Jackson in the Artist and Journal of Home Culture. Sayle went on to become a noted bibliographer in Cambridge, where he lived most of his life. Original white buckram a little yellowed, covers a bit marked, light browning to endpapers, erratum present at rear. Inscribed by the author to Godfrey Llloyd ('Godfrey Lloyd / from / C.S. / Cambridge/ June 20. 1897.') on front endpaper. Bookplate of previous owner on front pastedown. Limited to 220 copies. Uncommon. Young 3439. d'Arch Smith 250.
London: David Nutt (1893). 8vo. 130pp. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Charles Sayle (1864-1924) was at the center of the Uranian group of poets and exchanged correspondence with quite a few of the 1890s group, including Oscar Browning, Edward Carpenter, John Gambril Nicholson and Ernest Dowson. This is his third collection of poetry and perhaps the most overtly Uranian in tone (with poems dedicated to Richard Barnfield and Ernest Dowson). Sayle graduated from Oxford with honors and became a bibliographer at the University Library in Cambridge, where he completed several treatises on the collections there. Timothy d’Arch Smith (Love in Earnest @ 80-81) relates an amusing story of a visit by Henry James to Cambridge in 1909 where he was entertained, rather unsuccessfully, by Sayle. One of 20 special copies on Japanese vellum, bound in full morocco, gilt edges, five raised bands on spine, marbled endpapers. Inscribed on front endpaper to Maud Luxmoore by the author in 1899. The book is in very good condition, some sunning to leather, several small light stains, light foxing to front and rear endpapers.
London: The Century Guild: Hobby Horse (October 1892). 4to. The Hobby Horse was a quarterly Victorian periodical in England published by the Century Guild of Artists and ran from 1884–1894. Unlike its successors, The Yellow Book and The Savoy, The Hobby Horse was not solely committed to an elite aestheticism and it contained a variety of essays on the social role of art and artists. This issue contains a long and laudatory essay by Sayle, a fellow Uranian poet, on Nicholson's collection of pederastic sonnets, Love in Earnest. See d'Arch Smith, Love in Earnest @ 76. A very good copy of an uncommon publication, covers are lightly marked and browned with edgewear and some light loss to spine.
London: Kegan Paul, Trench (1885). 59pp. The Uranian poet's first published work, inspired by a homosexual love affair during the author's last year at Oxford. Much admired by John Addington Symonds, Sayle was at the center of the Uranian group for a number of years and counted Edward Carpenter, Ernest Dowson and a number of others. See d'Arch Smith, Love in Earnest @ 76-82. Very good in mottled and lightly stained slate boards, the cover bears a gilt device by Burne-Jones, light foxing to endpapers, edges lightly bumped. Extremely rare.
An original design for ceiling of the private theater at Charles de Beistegui's Château Groussay by the renowned architect and designer Alexander Serebriakov. Inspired by the Margravine Theatre in Bayreuth, the theater was designed by Emilio Terry and Serebriakov and had its opening in 1957. The preliminary design ( 22" x 29") is completed in pencil, watercolor and gouache and is monogrammed "AS" and dated October 15, 1954. From the collection of Albert Mazurier (1879-1965), painter of wall decorations who worked for Charles de Beistegui. Very good, some small closed tear at edges, light creases and a few light stains. Included is a collection of ALS relating to Chateau Groussay: - Card of invitation addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Mazurier by Carlos de Beistegui for a representation of the "Impromptu de Groussay" dated March 18th, 1957; -1 ALS letter of condolence by Alexander Serebriakoff dated September 15, 1965 (... I still remember, from my meetings (at Mr de Beistègui), your father and I was a great admirer of his talent! Not to mention the sympathy in the rare conversations we have, had on the art ... .dévoués Souvenirs " - 1 ALS signed by Charles de Beistégui dated September 6, 1965 expressing condolences on Mazurier's death. - Invoice concerning the decoration of the ceiling of Groussay addressed to Monsieur de Beistegui by Albert Mazurier - 1 ALS to Mr. Mazurier by Charles de Beistegui complaining of the high price of his achievements and referencing Emilio Terry as "mon frere." - 1 ALS by Charles de Beistégui confirming the order of two copies of paintings. -1 card of sympathy by Emilio Terry to Mazurier's daughter in original envelope on engraved stationary. -A copy of the January issue of Connaissances des Art, featuring the Groussay theater on the cover.
Clermont-Ferrand: Les Éditions du bon vieux temps (1954). 68pp. An uncommon erotic text with six explicit illustrations, which originally appeared in 1926. This edition was limited to 150 numbered copies and is quite uncommon. Very good in wrappers, light wear and fading to covers. Dutel, 1624, Pia 298-299, Perceau 337 (1926 edition).
Two autograph letters from the acclaimed painter to his longtime friend and confidant, Charles Kains-Jackson, both dated 1926. Tuke was best known for his paintings of maritime subjects, particularly of nude young men at the beach. The first is dated 11 February 1926, toward the end of Tuke's nine-week stay in Jamaica and was written on the letterhead of the Waterloo Hotel on Black River. Tuke writes: " I have done quite a lot of sketches & studies & found some good subjects, if one was ever to come back here for any length of time." The second letter was dated at Hampstead, England on 4 May 1926, shortly after his return, discussing his plans to visit the artist colony at Kardomah, Wales with friends: "Masson, Colin, and Towsey are all staying this week-end with Sidney Lomer!" Tuke's patron Sydney Lomer once famously asked Tuke to define the genitals more clearly in one of his paintings. "Colin' was possibly Colin Goodwyn, a model for his 1900 painting 'The Coming of Day'; 'Masson' was in all probability the artist's close friend Charles Masson Fox (1866-1935); and the final guest would be the photographer Stanley Towsey. Tuke also writes "If you come here I can show you a number of my sketches and you can inspect the new room I have added to the house." Signed as H .S. Tuke, each 2 pages, the first 8 1/2x5 1/2 inches, 21 1/2x14 cm, and the other a bit smaller; moderate wear and soiling to the first letter and minimal wear to the second.