Paris (1939). An issue of the bi-monthly libertarian newspaper, edited by E. Armand (pen name of Lucien-Ernest June) that advocated for sexual freedom. Contributors included Eugène Bizeau, Madeleine Pelletier and Han Ryner. Included in this issue is a sympathetic article by Jean Boileau entitled "Notes pour une étude sur l'uranisme." Covers a bit yellowed, but otherwise good.
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Paris: Inversions (1924-1925). 4to. A complete set of the extremely rare magazine dedicated to homosexual issues in France. Although Fersen's journal Akademos is often cited as the first gay journal, Inversions (and its successor L'Amitie) were far more explicit in their open treatment of gay issues. The editors were not part of Parisian literary circles, but managed to obtain contributions from some of the most forceful proponents of homosexual rights, many of which contributed under pseudonyms: Numa Praetorius , St. Ch. Waldecke , Louis Estève , Willy , G. Pioch, Claude Cahun , Georges d'Autry, Pierre Guyolot-Dubasty (Axieros) , Marcel Dartus, Havelock Ellis and Camille Spiess. Four issues of the magazine were produced before formal complaints were made about its content (one objector called it an "official review of pederasty, which clearly proclaims its ignoble program") which lead to an official prosecution. In April of 1925, the magazine changed its name to L'Amitie in an effort to forestall the prosecution, but the principals were eventually convicted of "d'outrage aux bonnes mœurs et de propagation de méthodes anticonceptionnelles" and the two editors were incarcerated for three months. The magazines were printed on inexpensive acidic paper and as a consequence deteriorated rapidly and rarely appear in commerce. This set is in fair condition- all pages are present but many are laid into marbled boards, with browning and chips to edges. Laid in is a 1 pp.TLS regarding Claude Cahun's contribution to L'Amitie. There is a long pencilled notation on the front endpaper about the history of the magazine from the previous owner (noting that he has never seen another collection).
Gardone Riviera: Fondazione del Vittoriale (1981). Exhibition catalog of the wardrobe of the Italian dandy, Gabrielle d'Annunzio. Very good in wrappers.
Mexico City: Biblioteca Cientifica (1956). 252pp. One of many such popular books dedicated to sexual issues in the 1950s, with guidance on various prohibited activities, including a discussion of homosexuality. One chapter deals with the sex lives of writers and includes essays on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Tchaikovsky, Balzac and others. Very good in lightly worn illustrated wrappers. Quite rare.
London: Dobson (1947). 128pp. A collection of strange stories by Henry Miller, Leonora Carrington, Paul Bowles, Giorgio di Chirico and numerous others. Illustrated throughout by Tanguy, Calder and others with a frontispiece illustration by Tchelitchew. Very good in very good jacket, light wear and small closed tears at edges, small remnant of bookplate on front endpaper. Warmly inscribed by Ford to the heiress Alice de la Mar: "To Alice dear-from Charles/6 Oct 1947/after a lovely weekend in Weston."
Paris: Editions Serendip (2004). sm 4to. A beautifully produced facsimile ediiton of a photograph album assembled by Boris Kochno in the mid 1920s. The photographs include Pavel Tchelitchew , René Crevel, Eugène and Léonid Berman, Louis Marcoussis, George Auric and many others. Many of the images relate to vacation scenes in and around Toulon. One of only 200 copies printed letterpress, with an Introduction by Patrick Mauriés. Fine in stiff wrappers and slipcase.
London: David Nutt (1893). 4to. This hitherto unpublished manuscript is presented here by Lane, who contributes an Introduction. The drama appears to track the story of Narcissus as told by Ovid, with appearances by Tiresias and Cephisus. One of only sixty numbered copies. Very good in rather soiled paper boards, corners a little bumped.
San Francisco: Panjandrum/Gay Sunshine Press (1975). An illustrated gay poetry anthology with contributions by many important writers of the period. One of ten specially bound and numbered copies signed by the editor. Laid into the book is a 1 p. TLS from Leyland to Charles Shively referencing a book by John Wieners. Very good in blue boards, some discoloration to front board.
Zurich: Der Kreis (1961). An unbound set of the complete year of 12 issues for 1961. It was published in German, French and English and contained articles on literature, art and culture and each edition contained photographs and artwork, many by renowned artists. Artwork by George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, George Platt Lynes, Jean Boullet and stories by James Barr, Michael Kuzmin and others. In Hubert Kennedy's book The Ideal Gay Man, which chronicles the history of Der Kreis, Kennedy describes the magazine as having been "the world's most important journal promoting the legal and social rights of gay men" for much of its publication period and one of very few such journals in Europe at the time.Additionally, it remains the only gay publication to include editorial content in three languages. (Wikipedia) In 2014, the magazine's history was documented in a Swiss docudrama film eponymously titled The Circle. The film, which features a mix of historical footage from the 1950s and dramatizations of events, won the Teddy Award and the Panorama Audience Award in the documentary category at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. All issues are very good condition with minimal cover wear.
Wie : Carl Schusdek (1924). One of a number of Viennese “adult” newspapers that catered to progressive views on sexuality and social issues, imitating Hugo Bettauer’s successful Er und Sie. Wochenschrift für Lebenskultur und Erotik. ich und du published essays and fiction on Berlin prostitutes, illegitimate children, women in prison, sexual outsiders, “what is perverse?” as well as personal ads. Generally good condition, papers browned with edgewear, many illustrations and some colored illustrations. The following issues (each generally 16 pages) are included, housed in a contemporary worn linen folder: (all 1924). No 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39.
Oxford: James Thornton (20 May 1892; 27 May 1892; #3, #4, (2 issues). Two issues of the Oxford magazine with contributions by divers hands, including poetry, letters and short prose works. Both copies are edge chipped and split at the hinges, but internally very good. Priced as a group. The magazine became infamous during the editorship of Lord Alfred Douglas, who published much Uranian material, including works by Oscar Wilde.