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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.
[Paris 1899].16pp. The Victorian-era erotic pamphlet detailing the exploits of twelve year old Maud 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).
Dresden: E. Piersons Verlag (1901). 161pp. An early German novel with a strong undercurrent of homosexuality, wherein the protagonist strives for "high ideals" and exaggeratedly rejects females "before it degenerates into unnatural passion". Baron Baillou published several books on esthetics and philosophy, but is largely unknown. Very god in contemporary marbled boards, wear and short tears to linen spine. Quite rare.
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.
Paris: Rollin et Feuardent (1902). 8vo. 32 plates. A quite rare catalog of coins and medals donated by Carlos de Beistegui to the French state. Beistegui assembled another collection later in life, also donated to the French state. Very good, but covers browned and spotted, stamps of the Encyclopédie Bénedictine throughout. Inscribed by Beistegui on front endpaper. Rare.
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 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.
London: Chester (1922). 16pp. One of a series of short essays on composers, published by J. & W. Chester, Ltd. This example includes both and English and French version of the essay and includes several illustrations and a photographic frontispiece of Berners. Very good in stapled wrappers, covers lightly browned with a "With Compliments" stamp on cover. Quite uncommon.
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 later marbled boards. 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.
Paris: Imprimerie Paul Dupont (1945). A portfolio of thirty-three images by Boullet, one of his more uncommon books. This example is one of only 25 numbered copies (XIV) of the tete de l'edtion, printed on Japon. Laid into the book is an original signed drawing by Boullet, as called for in the colophon. A very good copy in the original board chemise, with silk ties, light browning to covers with light wear to foredge. A lovely copy.
New Zealand (2012). 206pp. Hardcover. A collection of 230 photographs by Robert Gant, an English immigrant in New Zealand, an amateur photographer and a lover of men. Manly Affections takes us into Gant’s world of small town New Zealand between 1885 and 1915. What happened when an artistic ‘new chum’ and his camera met the rugby- and cricket-playing locals is revealed in this impressively produced bok. Very good in very good jacket.