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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Paris: Jules Gay (1861). 78pp. The first appearance in French of this disquisition on the authorship and history of infamous pederastic treatise, Alcibiade fanciullo a scola. The publisher, Jules Gay, issued the rare text in Italian and in French several years later and was condemned for the book in 1868. The present edition was translated by M. Gustav Brunet, who has added a "postface" and notes containing a vast amount of material on the subject of pederasty and sodomy. Ashbee (Index) 29. Not listed in Pia. One of 254 numbered copies (#7). Uncommon. A good copy in contemporary 1/2 leather boards with decorative spine and marbled endpapers, front and rear hinges cracked, small portion of lower spine missing. Rare.
Scrapbook prepared by Cecil Beaton over the period 1935-1944, with some later inclusions. Decorated paper over boards, cloth spine lettered "Scrap Book." 14 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches (35 x 20 cm); 50 ff., with mounted newspaper clippings (most poignantly those dealing with the death of his friend, the artist Rex Whistler), notes and letters received by Beaton (including a five-page letter from the poet and Surrealist Edward James, among others), telegrams and bills, fair copies in his hand (some extending for pages) of texts that interested him, etc. etc. Some leaves with evidence of extractions, some loose clippings, some later and unrelated material laid in at front. The sections in Beaton's hand include a three-quarter page section of observations on roses in art; a four-page copy of a work by Norah Lindsay "Summer Roses of Long Ago;" a sheet laid in with copies of four of Shakespeare's sonnets; and another with an unidentified quotation; and a typed sheet of musings on Beaton's 8 Pelham Place stationery (his London address). Beaton scrapbooks are rare in commerce. Sold with a copy of Beaton. The Art of the Scrapbook, Assouline/Knopf 2002.
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 in original wrappers, light wear, uncut. A rare publication comprised of the relevant portion of the 1902 Rollin & Feuardent sale catalogue of Meyer’s fine collection of French coins, combined with a long preface. The Avant-Propos details de Bestegui’s acquisition en bloc of this outstanding collection of 717 coins and 428 medals of Alsace, a particular specialty of Meyer’s, shortly before the sale date, and its subsequent donation to the Bibliothèque Nationale.
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.
Wiesbaden Tirana Verl. (1952). 64pp. Uncommon post-War auotobiographical novel dealing with his homosexuality during the war See Hergemoller, Mann für Mann, Biographisches Lexikon zur Geschichte von Freundesliebe und männlicher Sexualität im deutschen Sprachraum, Hamburg 1998 @123-24. Very good in wrappers, light browning to cover.
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 original buff wrappers, some cracking and loss to spine, a bit of edge wear, but a nice copy.
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.
London: Kegan Paul Trench (1908). The first of a dozen books of verse by the Uranian poet written while he was acting as curate at a Protestant church in Paris. He was at the vanguard of the "aristocracy of comradeship" philosophy which held sway amongst many of his fellow Uranian poets. Very good in blue boards, bookplate, small penned signature, spine a little dulled. The title page bears a "presentation copy" stamp. Murray's List 13.
Glasgow: Robert Maclehouse (1917). 92pp. Busk was a student at Harrow and Cambridge and an accomplished pilot. The memorial book includes letters written by Busk, as well as a biography by his mother and letters of condolence. Good in blue boards, small stains to cover, light wear to edges and spine. Ownership signature of Robert William Mayo on front pastedown, along with his ink stamp on ffep. (He was later a Rear -Admiral in the Royal Navy). Tipped-in sheet with Mrs. Busk’s compliments.
Paris: Librairie de l'art indépendant (1914). Parts III and IV (Who Shall Command the Heart) of Carpenter's landmark Towards Democracy, which appeared in installments over a number of years. This edition was translated by Marcelle Senard.Very good in original brown wrappers, light edgewear. Uncommon.
Capri: Cerio e Pignalosa (ND). 4to., 18pp. A large format illustrated history of Capri, published by Cerio's Le Pagine dell'isola series. The illustrations were done in the 1940s by Partricia Mertig and present mostly touristic perspectives of life on Capri, several of which are fully illustrated. Magazine format, folded with light edgewear and small tears. Uncommon.
NP: . 139pp. The author's most important and controversial gay novel, originally issued in three separate stages, this is the first edition of the complete text ("version integral") André Gide described his writing as “a bizarre delight” and there is a printed quotation from Gide on the half-title. Considered by many to be among France's greatest underground writers, his works have been widely re-issued in recent years. After years of wandering, Augiéras died in a hospice in 1971 at the age of forty-six. Very good in lightly browned wrappers. Inscribed by the author on front endpaper. Uncommon.