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.
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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.
Paris: Collection Précieuse (ND). 222pp. Another of Bandol's novels about modern sexual vices, with gay and lesbian content. Colorful frontispiece illustration seven additional un-attributed drawings in the text. The "Librairie Précieuse " sticker appears on the title page and spine covering the Librairie Artistique imprint, although the page counts on the two editions is not the same. Very good in original wrappers, wear to spine and covers and some pages roughly opened. Uncommon.
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.
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.
Two small photographs, one of Sylvia Beach and her longtime lover, Adrienne Monnier seated outside in a country setting ( "inked "49" on verso) and another of Beach's country retreat with a penned notation at bottom: "chalet de Sylvia Les Déserts Savoie". The latter is worn at edges with small loss at corners. Along with the following material: A membership card to the Société des Amis de Léon-Paul Fargue (dated 1950) with the inscribed name of Beach and her bookstore address (likely in her own hand); a folded invitation bearing Beach's name, inviting her to attend an exhibition of the work of Fargue on the 5th anniversary of his death; a publicity card for an Hommage a Léon-Paul Fargue; a copy of Correspondence Revue (dec., 1928) containing the essay "Le Théatre Élisabéthain" which pears a notation in the hand of Mauirice Saillet, along with her signature on first page.
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" x 8.5" 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.
Oxford: B.H. Blackwell (1892) 100pp. Bourdillon was a prolific poet and served as tutor to the sons of Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein at Cumberland Lodge for several years. He published thirteen collections of poetry between 1874 and 1921, as well as single poems and narrative verses, many of them anonymous and privately printed in limited editions. He is best-known today for the short poem “Light” (‘The night has a thousand eyes.”) Many of the poems demonstrate a distinct predeliction for fair haired boys. Very good in original wrappers, light wear, laid in is the prospectus for his Love Lies Bleeding. Rare in commerce.
A collection of nineteen original signed (or stamped with the artist's name) black and white photographs of male nudes. The format varies from 4" x 6" to 6" x 7" and one image is 8" x 12" (which bears a penciled notation in the artist's hand indicating the date (1982), the tirage and copyright. Caprio, a native of Grenoble, achieved great success with his portraits of male nudes in the 1980s and much of this work was collected in a volume entitled Men, published by Pierre-Marcel Favre in 1986. The photographs are in very good condition.
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.