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.
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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).
Portrait of a tattooed model in a studio wearing briefs gazing downward. Vintage silver gelatin print on Velox paper, image size, 4 1/4"" x 6 1/2", mounted to card. [c. 1930]. The matte has some staining and foxing but the image is in very good condition. Please inquire for other works by the photographer. Montague Glover (1898 – 1983) was a British freelance architect and private photographer. He is most notable for his depiction of homosexual life in London during the early to mid-20th century through private photographs taken primarily for his own enjoyment. His photographs tend to document 'rough trade', the working class and members of the military. See Gardiner, A Class Apart - The Private Pictures of Montague Glover (1992). His work is rarely seen in trade as the great majority of his work is held in a major private collection.
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.
Paris: E. Ganeau (1723). 78pp. 4to. An uncommon publication on the cult of Hadrian’s beloved Antinous. Heraldic bookplate of Louis Bauffremont (1685-1755), Knight of the Golden Fleece (Spain) “God ayde the first Christian” and “More joy for mourning”. Very good in contemporary vellum boards, slight separation at head of spine, usual wear at edges.Rare.
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.
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).
London: Chatto & Windus (1889). The first published collection of Uranian poetry, according to the scholar Timothy d'Arch Smith in his definitive treatise on the subject, Love in Earnest (pp.24-27). The book was issued while the author lived in exile in France after a scandal involving a seventeen year old boy with whom he had become besotted had forced him to leave England, leaving a scandal in his wake. The poems in this volume deal directly with this ill-fated love affair and were reviewed by Oscar Wilde in the Pall Mall Gazette in the year of publication (‘He has nothing to say and says it’.) Some have argued that the aristocrat who perverts Dorian Gray in Wilde's novel (Lord Henry) was in fact modeled after Somerset. Very good in original parchment boards, a few small marks on boards, endpapers foxed, light ownership signature on endpaper, inscribed by the author in the year of publication: "With H. Somerset's kindest regards- Monte Carlo, Jan. 1889." Laid into the book is a 2pp ALS dated 1889 regarding a meeting at Sandringham stables on his Park House stationary.
London: Chatto & Windus (1889). The first published collection of Uranian poetry, according to the scholar Timothy d'Arch Smith in his definitive treatise on the subject, Love in Earnest (pp.24-27). The book was issued while the author lived in exile in France after a scandal involving a seventeen year old boy with whom he had become besotted had forced him to leave England, leaving a scandal in his wake. The poems in this volume deal directly with this ill-fated love affair and were reviewed by Oscar Wilde in the Pall Mall Gazette in the year of publication (‘He has nothing to say and says it’.) Some have argued that the aristocrat who perverts Dorian Gray in Wilde's novel (Lord Henry) was in fact modeled after Somerset. Very good in original parchment boards, light cover wear, spine gutters cracking a bit, spine a bit dulled.
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.
Baltimore: Contemporary Poetry (1944). 55pp. A largely overlooked collection of poetry, much of it highly homoerotic. Wallis is primarily remembered for his classical translations, but many of the poems in this collection are powerful expressions of hidden desires and remorse at lost love. The author died relatively young after a fatal fall from an open window. Do we make war because we fear to vex the manliness of men with death by sex? Near fine in jacket.