Paris: Lys rouge (1925). lg. 4to., 76pp. One of Jean Auscher's large quarto volumes illustrating the night life and dark side of Paris in the 1920s. An attractively produced volume printed by François Bernouard with ten provocatively decadent etchings by Auscher. This volume ("Bitterness") is a particularly brutal portrayal of drug addicts, drug addicts, "perverts" and other demimonde characters. One of 300 copies.
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Paris (1957). 2vols. Hardcover. 4to. Both volumes of the most comprehensive review of French theatre and ballet of this century. Volume 1 covers the period 1850-1914 and is entitled Les Grandes Figures de la Belle Epoque and Volume 2 covers the period 1917-1950 and is entitled L'Age D'Or de la Scéne Française et Européene. Numerous illustrations, many colored and tipped into the text- included are extended discussions of works by Berard, Cocteau, Diaghilev, Nijinsky, Eleanora Duse, Sarah Bernhardt. Very good in dust jackets, a bit edgeworn.
Paris: Offenstadt (1904). 232pp. One of a series of sensational books by the good doctor, who describes in details assorted sexual practices in ""les pays chauds". With 25 illustrations of assorted females in various louche activities. Very good in original wrappers, some spotting throughout, covers lightly worn. Uncommon.
Paris: Édition de Pan (1910). Soft cover. A short collection of poems by the French esthete, who befriended many in symbolist circles and founded the literary journal Pan: Revue Libre, which published a number of his contemporaries, including Jacques d'Adelswärd Fersen and Achille Essebac. Very good in original wrappers, lightly browned, Inscribed by the author, along with 2 ALS by the author on Pan letterhead, along with a printed obituary written by his friend Marcel Rieu (see below).
Paris: Stock (1923). sm. 4to. The first illustrated edition of this classic work, originally published a year earlier. One of 419 numbered copies on Lafuma with 22 drawings by the author, eleven of which are hand colored. A good copy in lightly tanned wrappers, spine slightly cracked, but a sound copy, housed in a board slipcase.
Elysium Press (1992). Hardcover. The author's most famous novel, a classic tale of incest and youthful rebellion, presented here with thirty-nine drawings by Cocteau illustrating the text. One of two hundred copies printed letterpress on Rives heavyweight paper, bound in cream colored linen and slipcased. Fine as issued.
Paris: Le Monde Illustré (11 December 1948) #37., 30pp. The dramatic adaptation of Cocteau's famous novel which starred his lover Jean Marais. The cover of this issue of Le Monde Illustré: Théatrical & Littéraire bears an original drawing by Cocteau dedicated to Marais, using his pet name "Jeannot". Very good, covers a bit rubbed, light crease, small chip on rear cover. From the collection of Jean Marais, recently sold in Paris.
Paris: Éditions Briant-Robert (1926). 4to. One of Cocteau's more interesting books, consisting of thirty-one line drawings composed while he was undergoing de-toxification for his longtime addiction to opium. The drawings are often surreal images depicting himself, sailors and dream images that are among his best work. Despite the limitation of 500 copies, the book is quite uncommon. One of an edition of 150 numbered copies on Hollande, signed by the author on the colophon. A near fine copy in original wrappers laid into a custom slipcase.
Montpellier: Luis Casinada (1998). A long poem by Cocteau illustrated with four original color gouache illustrations by Karen Thomas. The edition is printed on Japon paper and is limited to only 45 numbered copies, each signed by the artist and editor. A lovely production. Fine in stiff handmade paper wrappers.
Chamalières: Chez l'auteur (1944). Soft cover. Romantic adventures from the author of Billy: Idylles d'amour Grec en Angleterre, illustrated throughout by Essac with numerous tipped-in drawings and vignettes. One of only 132 numbered copies issued. Near fine in wrappers, light edgewear. Decorative slipase. Rare.
Barcelona: Pons (1867). 310pp. 3rd. ed. A compendium of every conceivable sin relative to sex, written for the use of priests in dealing with their errant flocks. The treatise on church doctrine includes great detail relative to the variations of sexual improprieties, including bestiality, sodomy, pederasty, masturbation (with extensive discussion of the details of this vice). A fair copy in original boards, extensive browning throughout, front hing cracked, signature and stamps on title page. Uncommon.
Paris: Librairie des connaissances médicales, . 120pp. One of a series of publications by the author on various subjects related to sexology. He recounts a number of case histories of homosexuals in Paris at the turn of the twentieth century, with numerous details on physical appearance, dress and behavior. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to covers. Uncommon.
Paris, Société d'Editions Mansi . 35pp. A short collection of poems by Jean Cocteau's first protege/lovers: a soldier-poet "young, handsome, good, brave, full of genius, simple- everything that Death loves." He died in the first World was in 1918 at the age of 23 and became the model for the protagonist in Cocteau's Thomas l'Imposteur and he appears in several other works by Cocteau. See Jean Le Roy, de Quimper aux tranchées, itinéraire d'un poète oublié, avec un texte de Jean Cocteau, présenté par Jean-François Douguet et Alain Le Grand-Vélin, Quimper, Société des Amis de Louis Le Guennec, 2015 and Le Cavalier de Frise, poèmes trouvés dans sa cantine, Paris, Typographie François Bernouard, 1924 et 1928. Very good in original wrappers, some browning to wrappers. One of 500 numbered copies, this is #63, inscribed by the author on half-title. Quite rare.
Paris: Edition du Monument. Paris (1908). This lavish edition of Lorrain's classic decadent novella dedicated to the master designer Rene Lalique, illustrated throughout by O. D. V. Guillonnet. Lorrain was openly gay, often citing ancient Greece as noble heritage for homosexuality and became colloquially known as 'The Ambassador from Sodom.' Very good in full morocco boards, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, spine lightly sunned. This one is one of the tete de l'edition (#4) of 25 copies on Japan Shidzuoka initialled by the publisher, Fernand Ferroud. Ex libris P. Brunet. Tipped in to the text is a 1 page holograph letter from Lorrain to Jérôme Doucet.
Paris: Figuiere . 30pp. A short play script/poem about a romantic drama among two men and a women. Bound in handmade boards, title written on cover, long inscription by the author on endpaper, along with an original drawing adhered to front pastedown, tassled thread, bookplate of Octave Chavaillon. Laid in at rear is a 4pp (1 sheet folded) printed collection of five sonnets entitled "Antinous", each of which are initialed by the author, who has also inscribed and numbered the collection. A curious publication-we can find no example in any institution, nor any other works published by the author.
Paris: Imprimerie de l'Institut Catholique (1985). 14pp. Unpublished letters "pederastique" to Claudel reproduced in facsimile. Issued only in an edition of 50 numbered copies printed on "papyrus cardinalice." An apparently clandestine publication with a faux publisher :"To honor the memory of St. Paul Claudel and blast pederasts, this unpublished work was completed on 1 April 1985 on the presses of the Catholic Institute of Paris. Corydon Alexis is President and Tityrus the-tail-master printer. Every copy not stamped apostolic and not initialed by the President shall be deemed false and counterfeit and liable to ecclesiastical courts..." Very good in wrappers.