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Amsterdam: F. van Rossen (1908). 78pp. Aletrino was a prolific Dutch writer and a lecturer on criminal anthropology in Amsterdam and was one of the earliest Dutch advocates of homosexual rights, widely respected in his field. In 1903 he visited Magnus Hirschfeld in Berlin and discusses his observations in Hermaphrodisie en uranisme. See Bleys, The Geography of Perversion: Male-To-Male Sexual Behavior Outside the West. Very god in original wrappers, small signature on front cover, light sunning to edges, light spotting to foredge.
Washington: Guild Press (1966). One of the milestones of modern gay literature–a "Dante journey into a dark and underground world that may shock or repel, but will surely fascinate." (from dust jacket blurb). A good copy in good dust jacket by Etienne, with closed tears, small chip at edges, some water staining to verso of jacket, light water stain to rear paste down, offsetting to front endpaper, internally quite good.
NP (1789). 8pp. A quite rare evolutionary pamphlet which violently lambasts "sodomites". The writer frames his assault on the "execrable, unworthy race" of bardaches as a "Hymn au Con." ("bardache" was a word implying a male prostitute or catamite.) A number of such pamphlets appeared during this period, including Les Enfants de Sodome à l’Assemblée nationale, which appeared the following year. These vitriolic works were often used as political tools to discredit former elites and to make them appear depraved. See Merrick, Homosexuality in Modern France. Pastorello, La sodomie masculine dans les pamphlets révolutionnaires. Pia Enfer, 1004; Gay-Lemmonyer III, 444. Very good in 1/4 morocco binding, marbled boards and endpapers, light wear to edges. Quite rare.
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.
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.
Sao Paulo: Pinacoteca do Estado and Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro (1999). 4to. The controversial photographer's fashionable works, many set in Brazil. Warmly inscribed by the artist to Baron Alexis de Redé, onetime resident of the famed Hotel Lambert in Paris. Very good in decorative wrappers.
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.
San Francisco: Running Elk (1966). A collection of forty-two homoerotic linoleum block illustrations by the Beat painter, Rick Barton and printed by Grabhorn-Hoyem Press on fine rag paper. The book was finished several months before Barton went blind in one eye and is a testament to his great talents as a creative artist. Some of the images portray his circle of friends, including his onetime lover Kenneth Anger, his publisher Harold La Vigne and his assistant David Nelson. The linocuts are printed on individual sheets and laid into a paper portfolio, signed by Barton and Nelson on the title page. The edition is one of 100 numbered copies. A very good copy in original brown wrappers.
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. The image is 14.5" x 11.5" and is framed and matted (19" x 22.5"). On the (separately mounted) verso are several holograph inscriptions: "St. Moritz, fete donee par Lady Deterding; Greta Garbo, E. de Beaumont, G. Ortiz (?), N de Gainsbourg (?), Duke de Valembrose (?); C de Broglie, Mimi Percy Blount (?), Madam Visconti et Nadina Graherne (Visconti).....Collage de Comte Etienne de Beaumont offert par Merin de Beaumont...." 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. The image is 14.5" x 11.5" and is framed and matted (19" x 22.5"). On the (separately mounted) verso are several holograph inscriptions: "St. Moritz, fete donee par Lady Deterding; Greta Garbo, E. de Beaumont, G. Ortiz (?), N de Gainsbourg (?), Duke de Valembrose (?); C de Broglie, Mimi Percy Blount (?), Madam Visconti et Nadina Graherne (Visconti).....Collage de Comte Etienne de Beaumont offert par Merin de Beaumont...." Comte Etienne de Beaumont (1883-1956), a leading figure in Parisian society, was famous for his elaborate and extravagant parties and masquerade balls. He hired many of the leading avant-garde artists to decorate his apartment and garden for these events, and designed many of the masquerade outfits himself. Entrances were orchestrated and music and dances were composed and choreographed specifically for each evening. Beaumont was a generous patron and passionate about the arts. In 1918, he staged Paris’s first jazz performances using black American soldiers. In 1920, he assisted Jean Cocteau to stage Le Boeuf sur le toit, a theatrical event that incorporated circus elements. Before the First World War Beaumont and his wife Edith financed avant-garde films and ballets and later founded L’Association Franco-Américaine. In 1924, the writer Raymond Radiguet based the main character in his second novel, Le Bal du Comte d’Orgel (The ball of the Count d’Orgel), on Beaumont. With the assistance of Cocteau and Léonide Massine, Beaumont presented the Soirées de Paris at the Théâtre de la Cigale in Montmartre, Paris. The season, from 17 May to 30 June 1924, combined ballet performances with poetry and theatre. Beaumont designed for one of these ballets, Le Beau Danube. Following this Beaumont went on to produce designs for Colonel de Basil’s ballet productions Scuola di Ballo (1934) and Les Imaginaires (1934), and for the re-staging of Le Beau Danube in 1940.
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 7" 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.