Bernhard Zack, Treptow, 1912. 327pp. 3rd. ed. The first modern sports novel written by the Scottish anarchist and longtime gay activist. The novel [The Swimmer] has only recently been translated into English and remains an important record of early swimmer and diving competitions in Berlin, about which the author was quite keen. Some critics have described the novel as a significant document about anarchism in its portrayal of the struggles between the individual and the constraints imposed by society (in this case the sports club). Subsequent to the publication of this book in 1901 (and after the death of his mother), he turned much of his energy to the publication of gay poems and stories (writing under the pseudonym "Sagitta" as well as writings on anarchism. His "Sagitta" books were declared obscene in 1909, and this new revised edition of Der Schwimmer is quite uncommon. See Kennedy, Reading John Henry Mackay. This edition is imited edition to 50 signed and numbered copies (this being "23'), original plain paper wrappers chipped at edges and worn and cracked at spine.
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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 (1924). Hardcover. 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 original unprinted jacket and numbered slipcase, light sunning to spine.
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.