[Berlin, O. v. Holten, 1929]. 42pp. Presented to the members of the Mackay Society in an edition of 1200 numbered copies on handmade paper. Very good in jacket and slipcase, presentation note from the publisher laid in. From 1906, the writings and theories of Mackay had a significant influence on Adolf Brand's organisation Gemeinschaft der Eigenen. Mackay was also a key populariser of the work of Max Stirner (1806–1856) outside Germany, writing a biography of the philosopher which also added greatly to the understanding of the work of Friedrich Nietzsche in the English-speaking world.
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Berlin: Mackay-Gesellschaft (1932). A collection of poems issued toward the end of the gay anarchist's life. In his old age, Mackay tried to supplement his income by establishing a Mackay-Gesellschaft (Mackay Society) to publish and sell his books and this was one of the three books issued under that imprint. Includes "Heimliche Aufforderung" - one of the poems set to music by Richard Strauss, which was inspired by a boy, Very good in sewn wrappers.
Zurich: Henckell (1895). One of a series of brief extracts of the works of various artists and poets, published by Henckell in a collection called "Sonnenblumen." One fold sheet on card stock, which includes several of Mackay's works, including "Meine Jugend" and "Hand in Hand." Mackay, a Scottish anarchist who settled in Germany issued a number of books on anarchism and homosexuality (under the name "Sagitta." Very good, lightly yellowed.
NP (1926). sm. 8vo. 367pp. Privately printed first edition of this classic gay novel, usually translated into English as "The Hustler." Der Puppenjunge is the first frank serious literary depiction of the life of a male prostitute, and of the world of the men who support them. The Scots-German anarchist, Mackay, wrote a number of theoretical works that generally appeared under his own name; he adopted the pseudonym "Sagitta" for the small number of defiantly gay novels and "sociological" discourses on the gay life for which he is best known. Der Puppenjunge was described by a contemporary reviewer as belonging "to the few books in the literature on 'our subject' that may raise a claim to art." Christopher Isherwood praised the novel, as well and wrote that "I have always loved this book dearly-despite and even because of its occasional sentimental absurdities." Thomas Riley, in his landmark study of Mackay, calls the novel "one of the strangest stories in modern literature." The novel was entirely financed by Mackay and printed in Holland. Very few of the books were sold in his lifetime and most were destroyed after his death. Very good in original blue cloth binding, lightly worn slipcase. (#433 of 500 copies). See, Schock, Das Buch der schwulen bücher; Tamagne, A History of Homosexuality in Europe @284; Hergemöller, B., Mann für Mann @ 481-82; Riley, T. Germany's Poet-Anarchist.
NP (1924). Second edition, expanded and with a new Foreword by the author. One of 2000 numbered copies printed of this collection of gay stories by the important gay activist, who was prosecuted for many of these stories when they originally appeared some years earlier. A very nice copy in terra cotta colored linen boards.