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. [California 1989-1990]. Boy with Arms Akimbo. [California 1989-1900]. A group of material from this anonymous AIDS activist collective working in and around the Bay Area from 1989-1992. Taking a more provocative and confrontational stance than many other activist groups, they used guerilla art tactics to promote a pro-queer-sex message in the wake of Jesse Helms’ 1988 amendment banning federal funding for AIDs education programs. More than 4000 posters (several documented here) were pasted around San Francisco by BWAA and their work spread throughout the country. An early adopter of DIY and anti-copyright aesthetics, the encouraged appropriation of their texts, projects and iconography- including their eponymous logo. As the Queer Cultural Center noted when they included BWAA in their 2011 Queer it Yourself exhibition: “The group also welcomed and documented the informal contributions of passerby who improved, defaced or otherwise modified its street graphics.” Included are: Sheet of 10 “Sex is /Just Sex” stickers; One 57.7 x 43 cm poster for a Canadian Micah Lexier exhibition poster on newsprint prominently reproducing the Boy With Arms Akimbo motif; Five double weight gelatin BW photographs, one 10” x 8” , the others 16” x 20” (with one duplicate, but processed at a different exposure with different parts of detail shown) all showing various interventions at (and on) the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco; A small (12pp) 16mo. Xerographically reproduced pamphlet Boy with Arms Akimbo: His Story (San Francisco: Healing Tales 1989).
Paris: En vente chez tous les libraires, [1907-1911]. The quite rare first edition of this gay erotic novel, which had a political dimension in advocating freedom of sexual expression- "Qu’autrui nous laisse donc jouir en paix et qu’il jouisse lui-même en toute tranquillité..." Very good in marbled boards, wear at edges, wrappers not present. Quite rare, only three institutional copies noted. Perceau 296; Pia Enfer, 604; Dutel 398.
Amsterdam and Paris: Aux depens d'une Socièté d'Amateurs [Marcel Seheur]. (1936). This uncommon and controversial text on pederasty bears an introduction by "Bramatos." The illustrations however are missing in this copy. Pia 12. One of 250 hand numbered copies, this example #26. Very good in original salmon colored wrappers and contemporary 3/4 leather binding. Quite uncommon.
NP: ND (1931). This important and explicit gay novel about the love between two men appeared anonymously in 1931 in a small edition of only 90 numbered copies (this is #27). The author, a close friend of André Gide, lived in Carcasonne for most of his life and published several other books of poetry, but this work is his rarest and most explicit. Published by the famed publisher of erotic texts, René Bonnel, and with an explicit engraved frontispiece by the Catalan artist Pere Créixams, the work has been described as one of the great treasures of erotic literature. Quite rare, with the original erotic frontispiece laid in. A near fine copy in green wrappers. Pia 1283.
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.
København: Gyldendal (1904). 379pp. The only overtly gay novel written by the highly regarded Danish writer, a leading European impressionist writer of the period. Bang was openly gay, a fact which contributed to his isolation in the cultural life of Denmark and made him the victim of smear campaigns. The book was adapted to the screen in 1902 and again in 1924, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. Very good in contemporary marbled boards. Quite rare.
Bergamo: Lubrina (1997). 295pp. The first Italian translation of this gay classic, originally published in Danish in 1904 and later adapted to film and the stage. Much admired by Thomas Mann and Alfred Hitchcock the 1924 film is considered an important early work in gay silent cinema. Brilliantly illustrated by Mirando Haz, this is one of 200 special signed and numbered copies with an original signed etching by the illustrator. Near fine in paper slipcase.
Paris: Edward Titus (1928). 84pp. The first edition of this delightful production, written and illustrated by Barnes. The work portrays, in disguised form, many of the cultural and artistic elite of the Parisian avant garde of the time- Natalie Barney, Robert McAlmon (who financed the book), Janet Flanner, among others. This is the exceedingly rare deluxe issue, number 9 of 10 copies signed by the author anonymously as "A Lady of Fashion" on Vergé de Vidalon. Additionally inscribed by Barnes to her literary executor, "For Hank O'Neal - / from Djuna Barnes / with affection - / N.Y. 1979" on front free endpaper. Laid in is a 1 page typescript, "New page for Ladies Almanack," heavily edited in red ink by Barnes, possibly prepared for the 1972 Harper & Row facsimile edition. A landmark title in lesbian literature. Very good in illustrated wrappers, light wear to covers and spine with light loss on spine, some occasional small flecks and faint fading, original glassine outer jacket (tanned and chipped, preserved in four fragments) and presumed original glassine sleeve; browning confined to extreme outer edges of contents, light smudging to end papers, illustrations bright, publisher's prospectus laid in; preserved in custom cloth folding case. Frontispiece, title-page vignette and 21 illustrations by the author, all hand-colored.
The artist, a bi-sexual Englishman, was one of the more prominent purveyors of nude male magazines and photographs in the post-war period, some of which earned him time in prison. He published magazines such as "Man to Man" and "Golden Boys" and assorted others, but he also self-published several books with more serious allusions, such as the "Superb Youth," series which attempt to cross the line into more conventional "artist's books." Notwithstanding this pretense, the books contain a wealth of well-endowed and quite attractive young men in assorted provocative poses. This profile portrait on “scraper board” measures 15.25” x 12”, signed “JB ’59” at lower left, a few light surface cracks.
London (1973). 50pp. 4to. An uncommon volume showcasing the work of gay-artist Jim French. Illustrated throughout with full-page pencil drawings. Jim French (1932–2017) was an American photographer, filmmaker and publisher who, under the pseudonym Rip Colt, created Colt Studio. French left a legacy of homoerotic images in photo sets, magazines, books and calendars that presented his work exclusively and set a new standard in photography of nude men. A fine copy in illustrated wrappers.
London: Barrington (1970-71). Issues 1-4 of this short-lived publication, each limited to 250 copies. Barrington had been imprisoned for publishing pornography in the 1960s and issued these publications in a more limited way in order to avoid legal problems. Each issue contains images of male nudes printed on Barrington's lithography machine, bound in blue stapled wrappers. See Smith, Physique: The Life of John S. Barrington @184. Uncommon.
John S. Barrington (aka John Paignton) was a pioneering pornographer and bisexual photographer of male ""physique"" images in postwar Britain. He was routinely harassed by British authorities and spent time in jail for publishing gay muscle magazines. He was also an accomplished artist and much of Barrington's artwork appeared in his numerous publications, such as the Art and Anthropometry series. This is a pen and ink drawing on board of one of his favorite models "Tibor," who appeared in many of his publications. The lower right bears the letter "P" and the date of 1964 and the name "Tibor" appears at both the bottom right and left. There is considerable water staining at the edges but the image itself is not affected.
John S. Barrington (aka John Paignton) was a pioneering pornographer and bisexual photographer of male ""physique"" images in postwar Britain. He was routinely harassed by British authorities and spent time in jail for publishing gay muscle magazines. He was also an accomplished artist and much of Barrington's artwork appeared in his numerous publications, such as the Art and Anthropometry series. This is an original painting on board, which is signed by the artist in pencil (lower right corner) and dated 1980.
Bourgoint and his sister were immortalized in Cocteau's classic Les Enfants Terribles as the troubled siblings whose relationship ended in disaster. Bourgoint was a member of Cocteau's close circle of friends, which included Berard, Maurice Sachs, Rene; Crevel and assorted others, many of whom were frequent users of opium. He later befriended Jacques Maritain and eventually settled in Cameroun, where he worked in a leper colony. The image is approximately 6.5" x 9" and is in very good condition and bears the Bourgoint ownership stamp. Although unsigned by Berard, the images is one of a series by the artist assembled by Bourgoint and sold in Paris in 1966. Henri Sauguet wrote at that time: "Bourgoint, a vingt ans...etait l'ami de Christian Berard et de Cocteau, qui s'inspire de sa vie pour "Les Enfants Terribles." Il se lie d'amitie avec Sauguet, Maritain, Crevel, Benoist-Mechin, d'Astier de La Vigerie, Maurice Sachs, Jean Hugo, tout l'entourage de Cocteau l'accueille, le fete. Il dessine beaucoup, puis soudain, il abandonne Paris, passe un temps a la campagne chez Jean Hugo, puis en 1947, entre la Trappe de Citeaux, d'ou il part en Afrique soigner les lepreux. C'est au milieu d'eux qu'il vient mourir. Cette collection est emouvante on y trouve...un ensemble tres important de Berard.
Buenos Aires: Privately Printed (1959). A collection of erotic poems, including :"Sodoma'; "Safo"; "Giles de Rais"; "El Vamprio"; "El Divino Marqués" among others. Undoubtedly printed in a small edition, this example bears a long inscription from the author. Very good in lightly worn wrappers. Uncommon.