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.
[Paris 1899].16pp. A curious Victorian-era erotic pamphlet detailing the exploits of a twelve year old girl and her incestuous relationship with her father. The tale is set on a Southern plantation with twelve slaves, some of whom are eventually led into the erotic entanglements of young Maud. The story ends with her father engaged in carnal intercourse with her and one of the male slaves simultaneously. Very good in original pale green wrappers, light sunning to edges. The work is quite rare, with no institutional copies and only a passing reference [P35] in Mendes (Clandestine Erotic Fiction in English 1800-1930: A Bibliographical Study).
Privately Printed (1928). 146pp. 1st Edition. Hardcover. An uncommon work about a man's troubled romantic relationship with another younger man. The publication of the book is particularly interesting as it was copyrighted by "NoCross Publishing" and it is generally accepted that the book was published (and perhaps written) by the notorious publisher Samuel Roth. See Gertzman, Bootleggers and Smuthounds: The Trade in Erotica 1920-1940 (See also, Kearney, The Private Case @ 1744). Very good in original handmade paper boards, light wear at head and tail of spine, edges lightly worn. One of 750 numbered copies. Young 3674*.
Paris: La Renaissance du livre . 173pp. A collection of short prose works by the author of the highly regarded gay novel, Platoniquement, with a preface by Maurice Rostand. The author (1898-1927) was one of the principal collaborators with Fersen in his review Akademos and also the short-lived review Inversions. His legacy is maintained today by an association of the friends of Axieros, who publish a gay cultural magazine, Inverses: littératures, arts, homosexualités. Good in rather worn paper boards, occasional light spotting, one endpaper neatly excised. Quite uncommon.
Cayme Press (1926) 8pp. An obscene dialogue between two schoolboys "wherein one learns a somewhat unorthodox lesson from the other" (d'Arch Smith, Love in Earnest @ 148) perhaps inspired by Alcibiades fanciullo a scola. Bainbrigge, a Cambridge undergraduate, was also the author of another Cayme Press title with Uranian content entitled Achilles in Scyros. One of only 75 copies printed for subscribers to the Cayme Press. Very good in lightly sunned blue wrappers, errata slip tipped-in. Quite rare. Young 151.
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.
An original photo-montage created by Comte Etienne de Beaumont memorializing a party given by Lady Deterding at the Palace Hotel in St. Moritz. Present at the gathering and memorialized in the montage are Greta Garbo, Etienne de Beaumont, Mimi Pecci-Blunt, Madame Visconti, G. Ortiz Patino, N de Gunsburg, B. de Broglie, Carlos de Beistegui and many others. Lady Lydia Pavlovna Koudeyaroff Deterding was a wealthy heiress who spent most of her time buying jewelry and holding such soirees with the jet set of the day. Although undated, this work appears to date to the 1920s and bears an inscription on the verso in the hand of de Beaumont, indicating some of those present. The numerous photographs were each excised from larger images and laid onto a larger photograph of snow capped mountains in the distance.
Benga (1906-1957) a Senegalese cabaret dancer, who, like his female counterpart Josephine Baker, created a sensation on the Paris stage with his “carnal choreography often set in steamy and distant places". He modeled for numerous works by Tchelitchew, starred in Cocteau's surrealist masterpiece, Le Sang d'un Poète and was photographed by many of the leading photographers of the day. Van Vechten, Carl. (7" x 10"). stamped on verso, with blind stamp on recto.
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.
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 8.5" x 7" 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.
An original ink drawing of a nude male (10" x 8.25") with the ownership stamp of Jean Bourgoint. Very good on light paper, folded. Although unsigned, it was part of a collection of images by Christian Berard, but also bears some resemblance to works by Cocteau of the same period- both were close friends and/or lovers of Bourgoint.
London/ Brighton.: J. & W. Chester Ltd., 1919, (2),22,(3)p. The eccentric British peer's first published musical compositions,which had received their premiere under Goosens in Manchester in March 1919. Dedicated to the avant-garde Russian painter Mikhail Larionov, the score contains four lithographs by the artist, along with a cover illustration. Berner's musical works have received acclaim in recent years and have been republished and performed. A good copy of a scarce work, covers foxed and browned, spine worn, wrappers have been professionally reinforced at the gutters, edgewear, internally very good, lithographs very good with only light edewear.
London (1913). "A tale of frolic, sport and mystery at public school" illustrated by the author. Coke used this pen name for several works on public school life, and this is perhaps his most uncommon work. Very good in boards, with the ownership signature of the former Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon on front endpaper.
Privately Printed . This notorious story about a priest's infatuation with a young acolyte that ends in mutual suicide was originally published in the short-lived homosexual magazine The Chameleon. The story raised a public furor during Oscar Wilde's trial because of his association with the magazine and the piece was labeled "garbage and offal" by his critics. The prosecutor in the trial referred to it as "in essence, a teaching of sodomitical practices." Although there is no colophon, the edition of the present volume is reputed to be 50 copies only for private circulation. The book was published by Leonard Smithers according to Nelson (Publisher to the Decadents @ 350) wherein he places the actual publication date at 1905. Mendes 170, Ellmann 403-4, Murray's List 171. Very good in lavish signed morocco binding, marbled endpapers, bookplate on front pastedown (Berndt Rutger), penned library inventory number on pastedown, previous owner's signature on rear endpaper, original wrappers present, all edges gilt, decorative vellum slipcase.
London: Mandrake Press (1929). 4to. 164pp. Hardcover. Reprinted from teh original English edition with an Introduction by KH Josling and numerous color illustrations by M. Leone. One of 550 numbered copies. Bound in full green parchment, all edges gilt, cover gilt design. A Lovely copy with sunning to spine.
Lisbao: Olisipo (1922). The second edition of these controversial poems, many of which are explicitly homosexual in content and which created a furor when published in this ediiton. The previous year, Botto had published the first edition of the poems, which were largely ignored until his friend Fernando Pessoa issued the present edition under his Olisipo imprint and publicly praised the poems. Conservatives reacted strongly against the poems, calling them "sodom's literature" and the book was banned by the authorities in 1923. Catholic college students clamored for a burning of the book, but Botto refused to apologize for his work. Botto was openly homosexual throughout his life and later struggled to survive by writing children's books and short essays. Pessoa, Portugal's pre-eminent modernist literary figure, considered Botto the only Portuguese poet worthy of the label "aesthete" and, as a critic and publisher, championed his work. Pessoa translated the poems into English, which were eventually published in 1948 (see below). To publicize the book, Pessoa wrote a provocative article, published in the journal Comtemporânea, (see below) praising the author’s courage and sincerity for shamelessly singing homosexual love as a true aesthete. Pessoa's article prompted the critic Alvaro Maia to excoriate Botto’s work, which was then followed by another article by Raul Leal (an openly homosexual writer, friend of Pessoa). Conservatives reacted and complained to the authorities about the work’s immorality ("Sodom's literature") and the book was confiscated by the authorities in 1923. The Liga de Acção dos Estudantes de Lisboa [Lisbon Students Action League], a Catholic college students group (lead by Pedro Teotónio Pereira) clamored for an auto-da-fé of Botto's book and someone even suggested the author should be hanged. Nevertheless, most artists and intellectuals promptly took up his defence in several polemic articles. Eventually, the scandal subsided, the next year the ban was lifted and until the end of his life Botto would publish several revised versions of the book. His work was applauded by Antonio Machado, Miguel de Unamuno, Camilo Pessanha, Virginia Woolf, Teixeira de Pascoaes, José Régio, Luigi Pirandello, Stefan Zweig, Rudyard Kipling, James Joyce and Federico García Lorca. A very good copy in the original printed wrappers, with the original frontispiece photograph of the author, bound in 1/2 leather boards, marbled end-papers, wrappers present. A laudatory review of Botto's work by Jayme de Balsemão appears at the end of the book. His work has been widely praised by fellow writers, including James Joyce among others. See also, Leal, Sodoma Divinisada, (see below) which praises Botto's courage for writing about gay subjects.
1923. Botto’s elegant response to the furor caused by the publication of his Canções, a broadside quoting Álvaro de Campos (a heteronymn of Fernando Pessoa) and expressing his desire to pursue his art without ridicule. A powerful expression of the artist’s constant struggles against the puritantical mores of the time. A single sheet on thin paper, lightly folded, laid into a full morocco clamshell box with the bookplate of Joaquim Pessoa. Quite rare.
Twenty-five postcards addressed to the infamous Marquesa Luisa Casati at various addresses, generally between 1918-1925, including the following:. Twenty-six postcards addressed to the infamous Marquesa Luisa Casati at various addresses, generally between 1918-1925, including the following: One Signed by Igor Stravinsky and Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson (Lord Berners) addressed to the Marquise Casati in Rome in 1917; one signed Tristan Tzara his friends Canadel with a small drawing of a finger through the heart, dated 20s (not postmarked); one singed Russell Greely (and Francois) to Casati at Hotel de Rhin, Paris, un-posted; one addressed to Francis D'Gouy Arsy to Manolo referencing “Robert” (Montesquiou?); one in the hand of Robert de Montesquiou, undated, not posted; one postmarked (1918) card from an unknown person addressed to Casati in Rome; one post-marked card (1925), unsigned to Casati at Le Vesinet, one card addressed to Casati at Hotel Ritz in Paris from “Francois”; one postmarked card (1918) to Casati in Rome, signature illegible; one postmarked card to Casati in Milan (signature illegible); one from Valentine and Jean Hugo, posted in 1925 (they signed Victor Hugo and Juliette Hugo in ink); one from her father (signed Papa) sent to Casati at Palace Hotel in St. Moritz; four un-postmarked cards which appear to be from her sister Cristina; five un-posted with various messages in unknown hands (2 signed “Nina”); one addressed to Louisa from “Napier” writing from Ravello, chez “Ricardo Sampro”; two in Italian, unposted from an unknown sender; one postmarked card to Comte de Gossy (?) from “R.” Along with: 15 postcards, unsigned, unsent, some collages, some altered, perhaps by Casati- apprently from the same photo album. A fascinating insight into Casati’s world between the two wars, the correspondence illuminates her travels and relationships during the height of her popularity. Laid into a custom clamshell box bound in blue linen.
London: T. Wright, Essex Street, Strand; and Sold by G. Kearsley, No 46, near Serjeant's Inn, Fleet Street, (1776). folio. 7pp. A record of the famous Castlehaven sodomy trial in 1631, which fed on the “sodomite-hunting” that was rampant during the period. The 2nd Earl of Castlehaven was convicted of abetting the rape of his wife and of committing sodomy with his male servants and the trial was a spectacular sex scandal, resulting in the execution of Castlehaven and his servants. A report disbound from A Complete Collection of State Trials, this extractis chapter XXXI.
Périgueux: Structure (1958) 37pp. The second publication of the American-born French painter and writer, published at his own expense "hors commerce, en compte d'auteur". The work details his life in the Sahara, where he lived with his uncle and where he began his classic Le Vieillard et l'enfant and which also appeared under the Chaamba pseudonym. Near fine in red wrappers, very light sunning to spine. Quite uncommon.
Paris: La Nef de Paris Éditions (1959). Early novel by this widely acclaimed and controversial writer, who wrote openly about his sexual attraction to boys and girls. A talented artist, he only wrote several books in his lifetime, mostly using this pseudonym which dates to an extended stay in Algeria, where he was sexually abused by his uncle. André Gide was a supporter and friend to the author in the last years of Gide's life. Very good in wrappers, original wraparound band present. Inscribed by the author on title page.
Ashford (1940). 4to. Soft cover. A posthumously published collection of 14 large lithographed illustrations by Chubb, intended for publication in his unpublished masterpiece, The Child of Dawn. The publisher has collected the original images, consisting of seventeen pages originally completed in 1940, and presented them with a brief introduction. The edition is limited to 39 copies, in three states, of which this is one of 6 lettered copies (J-O). Very good in original wrappers. Chubb's masterful quarto volumes are increasingly rare and are the apex of his bookmaking artistry.
This gouache (3" x 7") is of a young man and is signed "R.N. Chubb/1921." The model may have been one of the local children he often painted or one of the gypsy youths that he befriended in the New Forest that year (described in his massive tome The Secret Country.) The work is matted and is in good condition.