Barcelona: La Vida Literaria (1903?). 95pp. One of a series of pseudo-scientific publications on salacious sexual subjects. This volume includes a bind-bending selection of topics, including sex with animals, "prostitución masculina... la pederastia....los putos de Buenos Aires....etc." Good in rather worn wrappers. Uncommon.
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Barcelona: La Vida Literaria (1903?). 95pp. Six issues of a series dedicated to an assortment of pseudo-scientific examinations of sexual subjects. In addition to explanations of the causes of impotency, uses of aphrodisiacs, prohibited sexual positions and problems associated with celibacy, two issues include an extensive analysis of homosexuality: "diferencias entre el pederasta y el homosexual.-el amor homosexual en Francia- una practica repugnante de los Templarios-la pederasta en Turquia....sodomia en Italia, China....un defensor de los pederastas." Generally very good in lightly worn wrappers, some browning to covers. The series resembles that produced in Paris around the same time by the Librairie des connaissances médicales.
W. Heffer & Sons Limited, (Cambridge). 8vo. 96pp. A catalogue of 1,148 items from the library of E. M. Forster at the time of his death. Contains a section of presentation copies with particularly interesting runs of titles by Forrest Reid, Charles Mauron, William Plomer, and Siegfried Sassoon. Illustrated with a photographic portrait of Forster and of his library. Very good in wrappers.
London: Fisher Unwin (1896). The English translation of this acclaimed work on Capri by Ferdinand Gregorovius, originally published in 1868. According to Maurice Magnus' unpublished memoir of Capri, this book was actually translated by Norman Douglas and his sister Mary (while intoxicated). As Magnus and Douglas were quite close friends for a time, there may be some merit to the statement, although Douglas' biographer Mark Holloway attributes the translation solely to Mary Douglass Fairbairn. Norman Douglas was introduced to Gregorovius' work by his first Italian teacher and the book played an important role in his later interest in Capri, where he lived for many years and died there in 1952. A fair copy, corners bumped, blue boards a bit marked. Quite uncommon.
Petersburg: Prometei (ND) . 74pp. The gay Symbolist poet's free verse cycle drawn from his early experiences in Alexandria. Written between 1905 and 1908, these love poems are said to be the first significant cycle of free verse written in Russian and form the basis for their author's international reputation. Kuzmin employed several voices, both male and female, to express the love for young men to recreate the atmosphere of Alexandria under Hadrian the Great. Harold Bloom included this title in The Western Canon (1994). A good copy in worn wrappers, the front wrapper is detached and the rear wrapper is not present, small chips and marks to front wrapper. The book is laid into plain brown wrappers. Rare. First separate edition of Kuzmin's Alexandrian Songs, originally published as part of his first collection, Nets, in 1908. 'Kuzmin's fame as a poet rests largely with his cycle "Alexandrian Songs" (1905 1908). These are love poems with different personas, male and female, mostly homoerotic, stylized to reflect the sensibility of Alexandria in the age of Hadrian. One subcycle tells of a Roman soldier enamored of a distant Antinous, whose beauty overwhelms him at first sight. The poems are in unrhymed free verse, one of the few real successes in the writing of Russian free verse. The moods of the Mediterranean metropolis, its sights, sounds, and smells, provide a rich background to ingenuous and mostly serene declarations, confessions, and exultant boasts of love. The whole spirit of "Alexandrian Songs" is a credit to Russian poetry's ability to project a sensibility so totally alien to Russian life' (Terras).Tarasenkov p. 198; not in Kilgour.
Glasgow: Robert Maclehouse (1917). 92pp. Busk was a student at Harrow and Cambridge and an accomplished pilot. The memorial book includes letters written by Busk, as well as a biography by his mother and letters of condolence. Good in blue boards, small stains to cover, light wear to edges and spine. Ownership signature of Robert William Mayo on front pastedown, along with his ink stamp on ffep. (He was later a Rear -Admiral in the Royal Navy). Tipped-in sheet with Mrs. Busk’s compliments.
Torino: Fratelli Bocca Editori (1896). 112pp. The author's defense of homosexuality, which was extensively expanded in his Uranisme et Unisexualité: étude sur différentes manifestations de l'instinct sexuel, which appeared the following year. This is the first appearance in Italian of the work and contains the essay "Il Processo Oscar Wilde," the first essay on Wilde to appear after hsi prosecution the year before. Very good in later buckram boards, bookplate on front paste-down, booksellers sticker on first prelim., signature on title page and notes on final page. The final page has the stamp of Manoel Lacerda, one of the most influential figures of the radical left of the Republican movement in Portugal. His signature also appears at the end of the text. Light browning to pages, but very good.